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Publisher Comments:

Kenneth Levin, MD identifies a psychological syndrome, naming it the Oslo Syndrome, that has existed within the Jewish people since the Diaspora began and continues to threaten their existence and the existence of the state of Israel.

Review:

"While the subject of this study is specific — 'the delusional thinking that underlay Israel's attempt to achieve peace with its neighbors through the so-called Oslo process' — the author's interests and conclusions are wide-ranging. Levin, a clinical instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a commentator on Israeli politics, attempts to analyze why many Israeli Jews chose to believe in the peace negotiations of the early 1990s, even when Yasser Arafat was refusing calls to publicly renounce terrorism. Levin analyzes this through both historical and psychoanalytic lenses, mapping out how people who have lived under siege are likely to internalize the hatred they encounter and become 'delusional' about their own self-interest. Levin also discusses European and American anti-Semitism and its effect on Jewish identity, from the mid-19th century to 1948, with some background material on the emergence of Zionism and the British Mandate. While the word 'delusional' may be too strong, Levin's psychoanalytic arguments about the 'corrosive impact of... besiegement' are fascinating and generally persuasive. But once stated, their truth becomes self-evident and their explanatory application over 600 pages of Jewish and Israeli history begins to feel thin. Levin's documentation of the Arab-Israeli conflicts of the past three decades is exhaustive, but while there is mention of the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks, Levin might have spent more time exploring how his ideas affect other countries or political situations. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781575254173
Publisher:
Smith & Kraus
Subject:
Jewish studies
Author:
Lauer, Kenneth
Author:
Levin, Kenneth
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
599
Dimensions:
9.09x6.35x1.55 in. 2.15 lbs.

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Psychology » History
History and Social Science » Middle East » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

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Product details 599 pages Smith & Kraus - English 9781575254173 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "While the subject of this study is specific — 'the delusional thinking that underlay Israel's attempt to achieve peace with its neighbors through the so-called Oslo process' — the author's interests and conclusions are wide-ranging. Levin, a clinical instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a commentator on Israeli politics, attempts to analyze why many Israeli Jews chose to believe in the peace negotiations of the early 1990s, even when Yasser Arafat was refusing calls to publicly renounce terrorism. Levin analyzes this through both historical and psychoanalytic lenses, mapping out how people who have lived under siege are likely to internalize the hatred they encounter and become 'delusional' about their own self-interest. Levin also discusses European and American anti-Semitism and its effect on Jewish identity, from the mid-19th century to 1948, with some background material on the emergence of Zionism and the British Mandate. While the word 'delusional' may be too strong, Levin's psychoanalytic arguments about the 'corrosive impact of... besiegement' are fascinating and generally persuasive. But once stated, their truth becomes self-evident and their explanatory application over 600 pages of Jewish and Israeli history begins to feel thin. Levin's documentation of the Arab-Israeli conflicts of the past three decades is exhaustive, but while there is mention of the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks, Levin might have spent more time exploring how his ideas affect other countries or political situations. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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