Reconciliation in critical times: Obama\'s speech in Cairo and Sadat\'s speech in the Knesset

February 13, 2018 | Penulis: mohmednasser | Kategori:
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Reconciliation is a softening of past conflicts. This paper investigates reconciliation as it was
implicated in the speeches of two presidents in two different times and situations. Anwar El Sadat
gave a speech in the Knesset in Jerusalem addressing the Israeli people shortly after the 1973 war
and Barack Obama gave a speech in Cairo in 2009 following the toppling of the former Egyptian
president in the large-scale popular uprising by the people. Obama wanted to re-establish a new
relationship between the USA and the Arab/Muslim world as the said relation has been overwhelmed by
tremendous and various circumstances and conditions, including geopolitical interests, differences,
acts of war, and the like. Sadat addressed the Israelis in the Knesset following a fierce war between
Egypt and other Arab countries on one side and Israel on the other side. He desired to launch a
new relationship with the everlasting enemy in the region. The two speeches are critically investigated
through self-other presentation approach to highlight the stances, attitudes, intentions, and desires
of either party to reach reconciliation. Firstly, reconciliation is elaborated on. Secondly, self-other
a presentation is introduced with a brief discussion on the significance of critical discourse analysis
and political discourse. Thirdly, an analysis of the two speeches is conducted. Finally, the paper
presents some findings or results, conclusions, as well as further areas of areas.
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