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‘We represent, here, the interests of the free world’: Accountability in Israeli leaders’ media talk on the Gaza Crisis (2008-2009)

By Rahul Sambaraju and Steve Kirkwood


he Palestinian-Israeli conflict turned into an armed crisis from the 27th of December 2008 to 22nd of January 2009. Instances of such armed conflict make issues of accountability highly pertinent. In this paper we analyse media news interviews conducted with then Israeli political leadership after the start of the Gaza Crisis. From the analyses we show that: a) accountability is an interactional concern that interviewers and interviewees orient to within the interactional setting of a media news interview; b) Israeli politicians manage Israel's accountability for events in Gaza crisis via employing particular narratives and descriptions of both Israel and other parties; c) in managing their accountability they are seen to make avowals to peace and moderation which are then used for justifying extant military practices

Publisher: University of Glasgow
Year: 2010
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