Politics and Society in Modern Israel / Edition 2

Politics and Society in Modern Israel / Edition 2

by Adam Garfinkle
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0765605155

ISBN-13: 9780765605153

Pub. Date: 12/01/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

With full coverage of recent dramatic events in Israeli politics from the Rabin assassination through the prime ministership of Benyamin Netanyahu to the electoral victory of Ehud Barak, this is the most current introduction to Israeli politics and society available today. It is also an enormously readable and engaging book. It conveys a strong sense of everyday life

Overview

With full coverage of recent dramatic events in Israeli politics from the Rabin assassination through the prime ministership of Benyamin Netanyahu to the electoral victory of Ehud Barak, this is the most current introduction to Israeli politics and society available today. It is also an enormously readable and engaging book. It conveys a strong sense of everyday life in Israel, the ethnic composition and institutional structure of Israeli society, the nuances and contradictions of Israeli identity, Israeli political culture, and the issues that dominate Israeli domestic and foreign policy debates. Enlivened with anecdotes and supplied with maps, a glossary, and suggested readings, this book is accessible to anyone interested. It has been especially popular with students, tourists, and travelers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765605153
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editonix
1.Introduction3
Israel the Exceptional4
The Egg that Was a Golf Ball: Political Culture8
Everyday Life in Israel: A Sketch10
The Chapters18
2.In the Beginning20
Ancient Jewish Commonwealths21
The Varieties and Significance of Exile26
The Emancipation and the Birth of Zionism32
Toward Statehood: War, Mandate, War, and War Again44
3.Society and Polity at Independence56
The War for Independence and Its Impact57
Political Geography and the Zionist Zeitgeist67
Political Demography and Origins of the Israeli System75
Legacies: Yishuv to State81
Immigration, Security, and Settlement87
Early Foreign Relations91
4.Society and Political Economy in Contemporary Israel95
The New Demography and Its Implications96
Israeli Arabs105
The Role of External Threat and the IDF110
The Managed Economy117
Religion137
Relations with the Diaspora145
5.Political Institutions and Issues154
The Basic Laws157
Parliamentary Institutions, Cabinet Government, and the Presidency159
The Judiciary, the Legal Adviser, and the State Comptroller171
The Parties and Their Discontents176
The Media and the Intellectual Elite187
Municipal Government190
The Political Class and Challenges to the Mainstream192
6.Foreign Policy: Sources and Substance199
Institutions: Prime Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, Intelligence Services203
The Paramountcy of Security: War and Peace206
Relations with the United States229
Relations with Europe and Russia233
Relations with the Third World239
Israel in the Middle East242
7.Peace and Normalcy?245
The Peace Process Since Camp David: A Brief Sketch247
The Broader Impact of the Peace Process270
Hopes and Fears: Israel's Internal Peace Process Debate274
The Future of U.S.-Israeli Relations278
Israel and World Jewry into the Future285
Peace and Israeli Society: The Challenge of Normalcy289
Reconciling Myth and Reality295
Epilogue297
Notes299
Glossary of Hebrew Terms and Acronyms315
Suggested Readings325
Index331

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