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By Zahava Solomon

I n the wake of an past e-book (Solomon, 1993), this new paintings, dealing with War-Induced pressure: The Gulf conflict and the Israeli reaction, can provide to make Zahava Solomon a latest maven with admire to the psychologi­ cal results of warfare. Dr. Solomon is a high-ranking officer, serving as a psychiatric epidemiologist within the psychological well-being division of the Is­ raeli safety Forces clinical Corps. She additionally teaches at Tel Aviv Univer­ sity. the sooner e-book handled the reactions of the Israeli safety Forces to the 1982 conflict in Lebanon, which divided the inhabitants of Israel pertaining to its knowledge and justification. the hot booklet bargains with the emotional results of the United countries attempt opposed to Iraq after its invasion of Kuwait. simply because Israel agreed to not take part actively in order to not endanger the delicate Arab coalition opposed to Iraq, it used to be in a feeling a nonwar-as Solomon refers to it-yet with many fea­ tures of a warfare. even if that they had particularly restricted casualties, mostly within the Tel Aviv region, the Israelis confronted the reality of harmful Scud missile assaults and the probability that those missiles couldn't basically be designated to a lot of Israel but additionally hold poison gasoline to different Israeli towns. Solomon has written a desirable publication approximately this obstacle in Israeli life.

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Whole branches of the economy came to a virtual standstill. Construction ceased with the absence of 16 CHAPTER 1 Arab workers. Industrialists had major difficulties meeting production schedules and were unable to ship what they produced abroad. Small businesses, such as shops and restaurants, saw their customers dwindle. So in addition to being concerned about their safety, many people had real worries about their livelihoods. One of the only branches of the economy that did well was the food business, as people stocked up on nonperishables (canned goods, long-life milk, and so on) and on candy and such to assuage their anxiety.

Israel's defense policy has consistently been to move the battle to enemy territory. This has been the strategy in every war, including the 1973 Yom Kippur War, where Egyptian and Syrian forces succeeded in crossing into the Sinai and Golan, under Israeli control. These forces were quickly routed, and the fight was moved into Egypt and Syria proper before the international community called for a ceasefire. The Gulf War took place on Israeli soil. And that was not all. It was a war in which civilians were specifically targeted, while Israeli soldiers could not prevent the attacks and were not permitted to retaliate.

But the five and a half months of uncertainty and denial all seemed to come to a head in the unprecedented night of Israelis who, for the first time in the country's history, were neither in a position to fight nor convinced that they were properly protected. , when CNN correspondent Peter Arnett announced the Coalition air attack on Iraq. The news spread quickly phone to phone, and by the time they switched on the morning news many, maybe even most, Israelis knew that war had started. A state of emergency was declared; the public were told to remain at home, unpack their gas masks, and stay tuned to the radio for further instructions; schools, universities, and public offices were closed.

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