The Normalization of War in Israeli Discourse, 1967-2008

The Normalization of War in Israeli Discourse, 1967-2008

by Dalia Gavriely-Nuri


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The Normalization of War in Israeli Discourse, 1967-2008, by Dalia Gavriely-Nuri opens a window to how Israelis talk, write, and think about war. In the post-World War II period, Israel has taken part in eight wars, more than almost any other western democracy. In addition to “official” wars, Israel has experienced two Intifadas and repetitive long periods of bombings of its border-settlements. This book argues that such an intensive involvement in military actions provides a natural arena for a uniquely fertile war discourse. Gavriely-Nuri identifies a special war discourse: a “war-normalizing discourse” (WND). WND as a set of linguistic, discursive, and cultural devices aims at blurring the anomalous character of war by transforming it into an event perceived as “natural”— a "normal" part of life. Moreover, the WND is served as a unique rhetorical compass and illuminates one basic organizing principle underlying the Israeli war discourse. WND has been in use throughout Israel’s history, in periods of war as well as in periods of relative peace. It has become a fundamental part of the Israeli public discourse concerning both peace and war and an integral part of Israeli identity. The Normalization of War in Israeli Discourse, 1967–2008, is an essential investigation into how nations use rhetoric and tactical discourse to normalize their conflicts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498510974
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 02/25/2015
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Dalia Gavriely-Nuri is senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and Communication at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: War-Normalizing Discourse (WND)
Chapter 2: A Cultural Approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (CCDA)
Chapter 3: War-Normalizing Naming: From Operation Peace for the Galilee to Operation Cast Lead
Chapter 4: War-Normalizing Framing: Wounded Soldiers on Israeli Television during the Second Lebanon War
Chapter 5: War-Normalizing Metaphors in the Context of the Second Lebanon War
Chapter 6: War-Normalizing Silencing: The Israeli Cultural Code of Captivity
Chapter 7: War-Normalizing Legislation: The Law of Decorations
Chapter 8: WND and Anti-WND 1967-1973
Conclusions: How WND led to the Yom Kippur War

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