"The Best to the Air Force" - Does it Prevail?
Dana has a B.A in political science and communications with honors, and a M.A in political science with a specialization in security studies with honors from Tel Aviv University. Dana's PHD dissertation focuses on the changes that have occurred in the myth "The Best to the Air Force" in Israeli society.
The motto "The best to the Air Force" was coined in 1960, when air-force pilots in Israel were commonly perceived to be heroic figures. This gave rise to the myth of the "Israeli Pilot": the tough macho guy, the 'Sabra' (a Jew, born in Israel), the heroic fighter, the 'Kibbutznik', salt-of-the-earth type. Now the question is: does the motto of "The best to the Air Force" of the 1960s still prevail? The aim of this study is to examine the transformation of the motto of "The best to the Air Force" in the context of two events: The Six-Day War and the Second Lebanon War. Has there been a change in the motto "The Best to the Air Force" between the Six-Day War and the Second Lebanon War? And what are the possible explanations for this phenomenon?
Major areas of research: military and security, military-social relations and gender studies.