Paving the Road to Gaza: Israel’s National Role Conception and Operation Cast Lead

On December 27, 2008, the Israel Defense Forces began their assault on the Gaza Strip in what they called Operation Cast Lead. 13 Israelis and as many as 1400 Palestinians were killed in the three weeks of fighting. The war enjoyed wide support among Israelis: according to the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, 94% of Jewish Israelis (76% of Israel’s population) supported the attack. Operation Cast Lead caused enormous suffering in Gaza and has been a thorn in the side of Israelis since its commencement. Numerous human rights organisations have issued reports on the conflict accusing both sides of war crimes, and the Israeli government has denied any but the noblest intentions. How did we get here?

This essay uses national role conception theory to explain how Israel’s political culture approved of Operation Cast Lead and permitted the latest brutal attack on the Palestinians. You can find it at the following link.

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2 Responses to “Paving the Road to Gaza: Israel’s National Role Conception and Operation Cast Lead”

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    […] implications of human nature for conflict resolutionA Short History of the Six Day War, part 2Paving the Road to Gaza: Israel's National Role Conception and Operation Cast LeadA Short History of the Six Day War, part 1Research Paper Proposal–the Six Day War's consequences […]

  2. Operation Cast Lead, two years on « The Menso Guide to War, Conflict and World Issues Says:

    […] here I wrote about how Israel’s culture legitimised Cast Lead (and other violence in […]


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