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Overview

Since its formation in 1948, and particularly since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin in 1995, Israel has experienced turbulent political change and numerous ongoing security challenges, including major party splits, collapsed peace talks with the Palestinians and Syria, nuclear threats from Iran, and even the specter of civil war as Israel withdrew from Gaza. This essential survey brings together Israeli and American scholars to provide a much-needed balanced introduction to Israel’s domestic politics and foreign policy.

Experts tackle this difficult subject in three parts: domestic politics, foreign policy challenges, and strategic challenges. Domestic topics include the Israeli Right and Left; religious, Russian, and Arab parties; the Supreme Court; and the economy. Part two discusses Israel’s complicated and often fractious relationships with the Palestinians and the Arab world, as well as its improved relations with Turkey and India and continuing close relationship with the United States. The Israel-Hizbollah War of 2006 and existential threats to Israel, including the threat from Iran, are detailed in part three. This compelling and authoritative coverage provides students with the necessary framework to understand Israel’s political past and present, as well as the direction Israel is likely to take in the future.

Contents

1. Introduction (Robert O. Freedman)

Part One: Israeli Domestic Politics
2. The Israeli Right (Ilan Peleg)
3. The Israeli Zionist Left (Mark Rosenblum)
4. Israel’s Religious Parties (Shmuel Sander and Aaron Kampinsky)
5. Israel’s Russian Parties (Vladimir Ze’ev Khanin)
6. Israel’s Arab Parties (Hillel Frisch)
7. Israel’s Supreme Court (Pnina Lahav)
8. Israel’s Economy (Ofira Seliktar)

Part Two: Israel’s Foreign Policy Challenges
9. Israel and the Palestinians (Barry Rubin)
10. Israel and the Arab World (David Lesch)
11. Israel’s Strategic Relations with Turkey and India (Efraim Inbar)
12. Israel and the United States (Robert O. Freedman)

Part Three: Israel’s Strategic Challenges
13. Existential Threats to Israel (Steven David)
14. Israel’s Second Lebanon War (Elli Lieberman)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343853
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,147,679
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert O. Freedman is Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Baltimore Hebrew University and visiting professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics and Russian foreign policy. He is a past president of the Association for Israel Studies and is a consultant to the US government. He is the author or editor of twenty books, among them Israel in the Begin Era, Israel Under Rabin, and Israel’s First Fifty Years.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction Robert O. Freedman Freedman, Robert O. 1

Pt. 1 Israel's Domestic Politics

2 The Israeli Right Ilan Peleg Peleg, Ilan 21

3 After Rabin: The Malaise of the Israeli Zionist Left Mark Rosenblum Rosenblum, Mark 45

4 Israel's Religious Parties Shmuel Sandler Sandler, Shmuel Aaron Kampinsky Kampinsky, Aaron 77

5 Israel's "Russian" Parties Vladimir (Ze'ev) Khanin Khanin, Vladimir (Ze'ev) 97

6 Israel's Arab Parties Hillel Frisch Frisch, Hillel 115

7 Israel's Supreme Court Pnina Lahav Lahav, Pnina 135

8 The Israeli Economy Ofira Seliktar Seliktar, Ofira 159

Pt. 2 Israel's Foreign Policy

9 Israel and the Palestinians Barry Rubin Rubin, Barry 175

10 Israel and the Arab World David W. Lesch Lesch, David W. 197

11 Israel's Strategic Relations with Turkey and India Efraim Inbar Inbar, Efraim 227

12 Israel and the United States Robert O. Freedman Freedman, Robert O. 253

Pt. 3 Israel's Security Challenges

13 Existential Threats to Israel Steven R. David David, Steven R. 299

14 Israel's 2006 War with Hizbollah: The Failure of Deterrence Elli Lieberman Lieberman, Elli 317

App Election Results 355

Bibliography 357

Index 367

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