Critical Issues In Israeli Society / Edition 1

Critical Issues In Israeli Society / Edition 1

by Alan Dowty
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0275973204

ISBN-13: 9780275973209

Pub. Date: 01/30/2004

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Fashioning a working political structure in Israel that will bring together all aspects of society, from Jews to Arabs, ultra-Orthodox to assertively secular, has never been easy. However, two developments have intensified this challenge: demographic changes have sharpened the differences between the groups; and open challenges of legitimacy have undermined the

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Fashioning a working political structure in Israel that will bring together all aspects of society, from Jews to Arabs, ultra-Orthodox to assertively secular, has never been easy. However, two developments have intensified this challenge: demographic changes have sharpened the differences between the groups; and open challenges of legitimacy have undermined the previous de facto acceptance of pluralism. There has been no strong civic framework of Israeliness to replace Zionism as a shared identity that would override more parochial identities and interests. Added to these pressures are the collapse of the peace process in late 2000 and the influence of global developments on the Arab-Israel conflict and on Israeli domestic society.

In this volume, twelve noted scholars of Israel present authoritative and analytic overviews of these important issues. The ability of the Israeli political system to bridge differences through a Jewish tradition of power-sharing has, in the past, managed to overcome enormous divisions, at least within the Jewish sector. Economic progress and globalization have brought Israel closer to other developed societies in many respects, while exposing Israel to pressures associated with these trends. Closer analysis of these critical issues reveals that there are also positive forces at work as the nation seeks a broader synthesis of its Jewish legacy and universal liberal values.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275973209
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/2004
Series:
Praeger Series on Jewish and Israeli Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Tribalization of Israel? by Alan Dowty

Trends in the Public Sphere

Sources of Stability and Instability in the Israeli Polity by Gideon Doron and Rebecca Kook

Corruption, Political Finance and the Rule of Law by Menachem Hofnung

How Far Do Justices Go: The Limits of Judicial Decisions by Gad Barzilai

Social Cleavages

Changes in the Orthodox Camp and Their Influence on the Deepening Religious-Secular Schism at the Outset of the 21st Century by Asher Cohen

The "Russian Revolution" in Israel by Zvi Gitelman

The Status of the Palestinians in Israel: A Double Periphery in an Ethno-National State by Majid Al-Haj

Social and Economic Trends

A Critical Look at Israel's Economic and Social Gaps by Ira Sharkansky

Globalization and Its Impact on Israel by Yaron Ezrahi

Security Issues

A Question That Outweighs All Others: Israel and the Palestinians in Broad Perspective by Alan Dowty

Public Opinion and the Peace Process by Asher Arian

Zionism and History

Normalization and Its Discontents: Israel as a Diaspora Jewish Community by Derek Penslar

About the Editor and Contributors

Index

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