Psychological Warfare in the Intifada
Israeli and Palestinian Media Politics and Military Strategies
By (author) Dr. Ron Schleifer
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Psychological Warfare in the Intifada by Dr. Ron Schleifer
Book DescriptionPsychological warfare is a touchy subject in western democratic societies. It raises the spectre of Nazism and totalitarian methods of mind control, yet provides an explanation for the spectacular success of the Palestinians in their fight against Israel, and their ability to exert political pressure on this regional power. This is the first book of its kind on PSYOP (psychological operations -- military actions designed to influence the perceptions and attitudes of individuals, groups and foreign governments) in Middle East research. It provides a much needed in-depth analysis of the techniques used by both the Israelis and the Palestinians. The volume clarifies the rationales for psychological warfare in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from 1948 to 1991, examines the development of concepts of offensive and defensive psychological warfare as developed by the Nazis and the Soviets, as well as US and British tactics of persuasion, and the ways the main actors have adapted these tactics to the specifics of the Intifada. Close attention is paid to the formulation and dissemination of Palestinian psychological themes directed at the Arab world, neutral parties and the enemy, and official Israeli (largely unsuccessful) attempts to counter them, including official government stances and directives to the Israeli Defense Forces. The Intifada, conducted under media scrutiny, resulted in a total re-examination of Israeli military strategies, which has important bearing for the future conduct of armies fighting local insurgency, most recently the US Iraq experience. This book is essential reading for all involved in Media Studies and Military Strategy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845191351
(152mm x 229mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Sussex Academic Press
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dr. Ron Schleifer
Psychological Warfare in the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Hardback (October 2014)
The first study to examine psychological warfare in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict, this book presents a rational analysis of the Arab and Israeli struggles to gain the world's sympathy and support, tracing these struggles from the British Mandate to the more recent HAMAS abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
Perspectives of Psychological Operations (PSYOP) in Contemporary Conflicts, Paperback (January 2013)» View all books by Dr. Ron Schleifer
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Author Biography - Dr. Ron Schleifer
Ron Schleifer is a senior lecturer at the Ariel University Center in Israel and the head of the Ariel Research Center for Defence and Communications. For the past 25 years he has been researching the psychological warfare perspective of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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