Language Fraud in Arab-Israeli Wars

How Arabs win the narratives of the wars they lose militarily, while Israel does exactly the reverse.

Lester Golden
Lessons from History

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If war is “politics fought by other means,” the Arabs are expert at wresting political and narrative victory from humiliating military defeat while Israel is expert at snatching political and narrative defeat from military victory. Israel’s ethic of self-sufficiency — that only Israelis can successfully defend the world’s only Jewish state — yields incompetence at shaping narrative.

How the Arab-Israeli wars’ language has evolved over a century since Britain’s League of Nations mandate began with the ethnic cleansing of Jewish settlements in Palestine in the 1920s shows how.

Dr. Einat Wilf, co-author of The War of Return, shows how this process works:

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Lester Golden
Lessons from History

From Latvia & Porto I write to share learning from an academic&business life in 8 languages in 5 countries & seeing fascism die in Portugal&Spain in1974 & 1976.