The discourses of "psychology" and the "normalization" of war in contemporary Israel

Edna Lomsky-Feder*, Eyal Ben-Ari

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A former chief psychologist of IDF declares that in Israel, military service is as natural a life-course stage as are pregnancy and birth. 1 A feature magazine article describes how a veteran of the 1973 war discovers and comes to terms with "his" post-traumatic syndrome, and how he is currently involved in litigation for emotional damage.2 A senior comma nder of the I DF de votesanop-edpie ce to the "orga nizational climate" of combat units and how their informal activities meet the "needs" of troops.3 The seare just a fewtypical, ifrandom, examples of how ps ycho - logical terminology has entered discussions about war and the military in contemporary Israel.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationMilitarism and Israeli Society
PublisherIndiana University Press
Pages280-303
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780253354419
StatePublished - 2010

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