A People Apart: Coping with national security problems in Israel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Israelis believe their country faces serious threat and they will succeed in overcoming these threats. The mechanisms employed for dealing with these two attitude clusters are explored. Based on a national sample (N = 1,116), three mechanisms are shown to dominate: perceived success, denial, and a belief system identified as the People Apart Syndrome. The syndrome consisted of two constructs: God-and-us, relating to a special, mystical relation perceived by many between God, Israel, and Jewish history; and go-it-alone, dealing with feelings of isolation and the belief that ultimately Jewish destiny depends on the Jews. Psychological factors were shown to be much more powerful than demographic variables in explaining these distributions. The widely shared syndrome captured the tone of Israeli political discourse and the mindset of a large portion of the population. Its distribution among place of birth groups by policy preference and religious observance revealed the pervasive nature of the syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-631
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


Dive into the research topics of 'A People Apart: Coping with national security problems in Israel'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this