Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Amardo Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Francine D’Amico, Ph. D.
Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
American Politics | Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies
This project examines the rhetorical devices and practices used by the Obama Administration to express and construct opposition to the Palestinian Authority’s statehood bid. This study focuses on uncovering the ideology embedded within President Obama’s Speech to the United Nations General Assembly during the opening of the 66th Session. By conducting an ideology rhetorical analysis of this text, this examination will uncover the reasoning that Obama deploys to make sense of and define the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more specifically, the Palestinian bid for statehood. This ideology has contributed to the perpetuation of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories; thereby, denying the Palestinians the right to self-determination.
This thesis is organized as follows: Section I introduces Obamas’s speech to the UNGA through a brief overview of the text and outlines my analyses’ goals. Section II contextualizes the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and summarizes Obama’s speech to the UNGA. Section III presents a description of the ideological approach to rhetorical criticism, contributions to the field of ideological criticism, examples of the method’s application, and a rationale for its selection. Section IV reports the findings of my analysis of Obama’s speech to the UNGA and evaluates the contribution that my analysis makes to the understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Section V provides a brief update on Palestine’s UN bid following Obama’s speech.
Mason, Marc James, "United States Sophistry on the Palestinian Resolution for Statehood" (2012). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 117.
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