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Framing and Foreign Policy—Israel’s Response to the Arab Uprisings

Aran, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-9386-1309 and Fleischmann, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-1228-9142 (2018). Framing and Foreign Policy—Israel’s Response to the Arab Uprisings. International Studies Review, doi: 10.1093/isr/viy055

Abstract

The eruption of the 2010 Arab uprisings has generated a great deal of academic scholarship. However, the foreign policy of Israel, a key power in the Middle East, amid the Arab uprisings, has received limited attention. Furthermore, as we demonstrate, the conventional wisdom purported by the current debate, which is that Israel adopted a “defensive, non-idealist” realist foreign policy posture (Magen 2015, 114) in the wake of the Arab uprisings, is wrong. Rather, utilizing an innovative approach linking foreign policy analysis (FPA) and the literature on framing, we demonstrate that Israel adopted a foreign policy stance of entrenchment. This posture is predicated on peace for peace not territory, reinforcing Israel's military capabilities, and granting limited autonomy to the Palestinians under Israeli occupation. Thus, the article demonstrates how framing can usefully be operationalized to uncover how binary discourse does not merely reflect foreign policy but is, in fact, constitutive of it. We demonstrate that diagnostic and prognostic frames helped to create a direct connection between the images held by a leader, his/her worldview, ideas, perceptions and misperceptions, and foreign policy actions. These frames constituted action-oriented sets of beliefs and meaning that inspired and legitimated certain foreign policy options and instruments while restricting others.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in International Studies Review following peer review. The version of record, Amnon Aran, Leonie Fleischmann; Framing and Foreign Policy—Israel's Response to the Arab Uprisings, International Studies Review, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/isr/viy055
Publisher Keywords: FPA, framing, Israel
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/20236
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