Fratricide in the Holy Land: A Psychoanalytic View of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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Terrace Books, Feb 17, 2005 - History - 280 pages
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    This is the first English-language book ever to apply psychoanalytic knowledge to the understanding of the most intractable international struggle in our world today—the Arab-Israeli conflict. Two ethnic groups fight over a single territory that both consider to be theirs by historical right—essentially a rational matter. But close historical examination shows that the two parties to this tragic conflict have missed innumerable opportunities for a rational partition of the territory between them and for a permanent state of peace and prosperity rather than perennial bloodshed and misery.
    Falk suggests that a way to understand and explain such irrational matters is to examine the unconscious aspects of the conflict. He examines large-group psychology, nationalism, group narcissism, psychogeography, the Arab and Israeli minds, and suicidal terrorism, and he offers psychobiographical studies of Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat, two key players in this tragic conflict today.
 

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Israeli political psychologist Falk (A Psychoanalytic History of the Jews ) points to a dearth of material on irrational forces in the Middle East conflict. Writing clearly, with impressive historical ... Read full review

Contents

A Duel in Quicksand
3
1 A Review of the Literature
8
2 Reality Is in the Eye of the Beholder
18
The Case of Ariel Sharon
36
The Case of Yassir Arafat
73
5 Nationalism Group Narcissism and the Problem of the Self
87
The Unconscious Meaning of Geographical Entities
103
7 Denial Is Not a River in Egypt
112
9 War and the Inability to Mourn
130
10 The Arab Mind
138
11 The Psychology of Suicide Bombers
159
12 The Israeli Mind
174
Can the Conflict Be Resolved?
180
Bibliography
195
Index
257
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8 Splitting Projection and the Need for Enemies
118

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Avner Falk is one of the foremost Israeli political psychologists and has been a clinical lecturer in psychiatry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem School of Medicine. He is author of psychoanalytic biographies of Moshe Dayan, David Ben-Gurion, and Theodor Herzl, and of A Psychoanalytic History of the Jews.

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