Conclusion: The Occupied Territories as a Cornerstone in the Reconstruction of Israeli Society

Izhak Schnell and Daniel Bar-Tal

in The Impacts of Lasting Occupation

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199862184
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979950 | DOI:

Series: Series in Political Psychology

Conclusion: The Occupied Territories as a Cornerstone in the Reconstruction of Israeli Society

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In conclusion, the chapter summarizes the insights derived from the chapters of the book, from which three themes emerge: 1. The development of an Israeli identity and of the emerging regime -It is our contention that the Israeli model of prolonged occupation has been characterized more than anything else by a policy of creeping annexation, or a long-term process of Judaization, with the purpose of changing the ethnic characterization of the occupied territories; 2. The domains in which the occupation has had major effects on the occupying society- We suggest that the occupation has had major effect on every aspect of collective life in the state of Israel; and 3. The three mechanisms that have enabled realization of the ideology of ethnicization in the occupied territories—we suggested the consolidation of a specific worldview among the leaders of the elite sector of society following the Six Day War; an institutionalized and complex governmental structure that hinders any change of direction or policy aimed at ending the occupation; and bureaucratic mechanisms that have established interests in continuing the creeping annexation.

Keywords: Occupation; Democracy; Identity; Culture; Political System; Ethnicization; Government; Worldview; Annexation

Chapter.  14537 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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