The Psychology of Language and Power in the Middle east: a Comparative Discourse Analysis of Legitmation using Pronouns, Modality and Lexicalization in News Reporting of the Gaza War

Ahmad Atawneh

This paper has shown how war language is dependent on elements like the just war theory, the choice of the lexical items, the modality of the speaker in expressing self-confidence about his commitment to the truth of what he believes as true or tentatively true. The Israelis driven by their power and strong allies use a political language that serves their purposes in ways ignoring the cause of attacks against Israel while stressing only the results of such attacks that causes panic and some damage to their citizens. The Palestinians take some pride in their fight by standing against the giant power of Israel and its allies though they bear heavy losses in deaths and damage in properties.