By Avner Falk
This is the 1st English-language publication ever to use psychoanalytic wisdom to the knowledge of the main intractable foreign fight in our global today—the Arab-Israeli clash. ethnic teams struggle over a unmarried territory that either deliberate to be theirs by way of historic right—essentially a rational subject. yet shut old exam indicates that the 2 events to this tragic clash have ignored innumerable possibilities for a rational partition of the territory among them and for an enduring country of peace and prosperity instead of perennial bloodshed and misery. Falk means that the way to comprehend and clarify such irrational concerns is to envision the subconscious points of the clash. He examines large-group psychology, nationalism, workforce narcissism, psychogeography, the Arab and Israeli minds, and suicidal terrorism, and he bargains psychobiographical experiences of Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat, key gamers during this tragic clash at the present time.
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On occasion she would even take an entire day off, closing herself in her room and not coming out until dinner. ” (Sharon 2001, p. 15) In other words, Vera was either a volcano of rage or cold, remote, and wrapped up in her past. She could not give Arik the love he needed. The boy Arik painfully felt that his mother did not love him and that she was living in another world. His hurt and his rage were deep. When he was born, on February 27, 1928, a date that he curiously and perhaps signiﬁcantly omitted in his autobiography, Arik’s last name was Scheinerman.
We Israelis now believed in our omnipotence. The West Bank, populated by over a million Palestinian Arabs, was called Yehudah and Shomron, the Hebrew names for the ancient Biblical lands that were populated by Jews (Judaea and Samaria are the Latin names for the same places). It took the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to shake us Israelis out of our complacency. When the Israeli troops repelled the Egyptians at one point on the Suez Canal, crossed the canal and established a foothold on its west bank, the Israelis called that part of Egypt “Africa” and the Land of Goshen.
Most of the so-called Ashkenazi Jews did not come from Germany, and most of the so-called Sephardic Jews did not come from Spain. An Israeli Jew from Morocco, in northwest Africa, is considered Oriental. Jewish-owned restaurants serving Arabic food in Israel are always called Oriental restaurants, never Arab restaurants. Arab-hatred among Oriental Jews is signiﬁcantly more extreme than among Ashkenazi Jews. This can be understood as an unconscious externalization of the bad self-image upon the Arabs.