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translation from English, yes, something like that, so yes, a good word, and also (...), and also—not only a good word—and also, and also you can’t ignore that, because the moment you see your friends go, ehm, go, ehm, to fight, if— , there in the North [the Lebanon war in 2006] or the South [the Gaza war in 2009], and you don’t know whether they’ll return, and you don’t know what’s going on there, and you receive SMS messages, ehm, ‘I am going to be not available [on the phone], ehm, I don’t know, I don’t know for how long, so don’t miss me, and don’t think that I

: “EVERY ISRAELI...” The intermingling of current discursive events, (long-term) personal experiences and political dispositions affects the interviewees’ view of Palestinian citizens of Israel in particular with regard to their notion of loyalty to the State of Israel. The discursive events (cf. Jäger 2004) the interviewees relate to Iran’s former president Ahmadinejad’s threat of “wiping Israel off the map”,1 the war against Hisbollah in Lebanon (2006), 1 Glenn Kessler. Did Ahmadinejad really say

does not serve their country and thus does not fulfil their citizen’s duties. 13.3 LOYALTY TO THE JEWISH STATE The interviewees’ notion of loyalty to the Jewish state is constructed against their presentation of cleavages within the Israeli society; in particular they emphasise political (left-wing vs. right-wing) and national (Jewish vs. Palestinian) cleavages. The interviewees position themselves as Jewish, political right-wing, secular and middle-class. Against the background of discursive events in the recent past (the Lebanon war in 2006, the Gaza

attitudes of those segments of Israeli society. Besides, the study is set against the background of two large military operations, the 2006 Lebanon War and the 2009 “Operation Cast Lead” in Gaza. Their study shows that positive attitudes toward democracy among the respondents are in decline: though they generally support state institutions, in particular IDF (Israeli Defence Forces), they are dissatisfied with their own political influence or representation as a social group (Arian et al. 2010: 55), the perceived high level of corruption of political elites (Arian