Michal Ginach (2004): Are we fighting for our survival? What is behind the Israeli politics of ein breira (no choice)?

Abstract:
This study looks at the unconscious assumptions of Israelis in the context of their conflict with the Palestinians. Through analysis of material taken from groups of Israelis representing different sections of the Israeli society, as well as a few prominent Israelis writers and intellectuals, some themes have been identified. Among these themes were the Israeli blindness to their own aggression and their desperate need to see themselves always as the victims. Another theme had to do with the need of the Israeli Jew to prove himself masculine (by being murderous - see the admired general who became prime minister - Ariel Sharon). In this way the Israeli Jew needed to separate himself from the feminine (see Proust) diasphora Jew.