“Seeing Through a Glass Darkly”: Israeli and Egyptian Images of the Other During the Nasserite Period (1952–1970)

  • Elie PodehEmail author
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Based on Daniel Bar-Tal’s theoretical contribution, this chapter explores Egyptian and Israeli perceptions of the Other during the stormy years of 1952–1970, when Egypt was under the rule of its charismatic leader, Gamal ‘Abd al-Nasser. The main thesis is that both countries developed a diabolical image of each other, which hampered the chances of conducting a serious peaceful dialogue. These mutual negative images trickled top down to society and became an integral part of each nation’s collective memory. Interestingly, however, these negative images of the Other eventually did not prevent the conclusion of a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, in March 1979, between Anwar al-Sadat, the Egyptian President, and Menachem Begin, the Israeli Prime Minister.


Middle East Negative Image Arab World Suez Canal Charismatic Leader 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern StudiesHebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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