‘We represent, here, the interests of the free world’: Accountability in Israeli leaders’ media talk on the Gaza Crisis (2008-2009)

Rahul Sambaraju, Steve Kirkwood

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Abstract

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has attracted attention from academics and the wider public for the best part of the last six decades. Much of the debate has centred on issues of accountability for the start and continuation of the conflict. In particular issues such as Israeli military actions in the region and the outcomes of those actions which led to the formation of armed resistance groups against Israel, for instance Hamas (Milton-Edwards & Farrell 2010) have been much debated. Scholars, historians and journalists continue to argue over issues of Israeli occupation of Palestine, violence from within Palestine and Israel’s aggression against Palestine. However, in this paper we focus on social psychological aspects of the conflict, such as those of accountability (Buttny 1993). In particular, we focus on the Gaza crisis that spanned a period from the 27th of December 2008 to the 22nd of January 2009 (Gaza crisis: key maps and timeline 2009), between Israel and Hamas in Gaza Strip, resulting in a substantial loss of life and a continual economic blockade of Gaza Strip. We focus on the media news interviews with Israeli political leaders conducted during and soon
after the Gaza crisis. The media apart from providing coverage of the war are also seen to engage various political actors in debates and interviews on the conflict. Our aim here is to provide a discursive analysis of how Israeli political leaders talk about the Gaza crisis and Israel’s role in the conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133 - 156
JournaleSharp
Volume15
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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