The Status Quo and the Feminization of Political Alternatives

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

in Israel Studies Review
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Noa Balf University of Maryland nbalf@umd.edu

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Abstract

The Oslo peace process has effectively stalled and failed. In this article I show that by positioning the Oslo process and any political and civic forces involved with it as tainted by irrational and emotional weakness, neo-conservative figures and institutions within Israel have successfully argued for a hyper-masculinized Israeli security paradigm. In this configuration, the process of cooperation and the acknowledgement of Palestinian claims are viewed as weak and reprehensible, while aggressive military strategies, deterrence, and the demand for unequivocal Palestinian acceptance of Israel's terms are perceived as rational and responsible actions that protect Israeli interests. By conflating security with the state, Israeli political leaders perpetuate the conflict rather than resolve it.

Contributor Notes

NOA BALF is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland College Park in the Department of Government and Politics. Her research examines the role of seniority and authority in the legislature on gender-related policy outcomes in Israel and Argentina. E-mail: nbalf@umd.edu

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