Attitudes towards an existence conflict: Begin and dayan on the palestinian issue

Yehudit Auerbach, Hemda Ben-Yehuda

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This study is part of a project which explores patterns of continuity and change in Israeli decisionmakers Attitudes towards the Palestinian Issue. The IAPI project draws attention to the nature and dynamics of attitudes in the context of an existence conflict. In the paper a conceptual framework of an Attitude in an Existence Conflict (AEC) is introduced and applied to the analysis of the attitudes of Begin and Dayan. Notwithstanding the differences between both leaders there are major points of convergence between them. When juxtaposed with the ideal type of AEC, both men's attitude towards the PLO corresponds with AEC postulations, while their attitude to the Palestinians diverges. The AEC framework served as a useful tool for the analysis and comparison of Decision-makers’ attitudes that were central in the shaping policy and reality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-351
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Interactions
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1987
Externally publishedYes

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*This paper was made possible by a generous grant to the Israeli Attitudes on the Palestinian Issue Project (IAPI) by the Ford Foundation.


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