A Dissenting Democracy: The Israeli Movement 'Peace Now' by Magnus Norell
A Dissenting Democracy explores the tension between the will of the whole of Israeli society and the right of the individual conscience to take precedence over that collective will. The author explores the dilemmas that stem from such an individual stance in relation to Jewish political culture.
Part 1 Introduction: the choice of dissent; the "case" of peace now; a conceptual framework; definitions and limitations; democratic dissent; integration and cleavages; norms and values; political culture. Part 2 Structural and institutional democracy in Israel: history; political parties; labour; nationalist parties; religious parties; parties of participation; parties of separation; the Knesset; a constitution; elections; government; summary. Part 3 Israeli peace movements: the early period; after 1967 - "status quo" and protest; 1973-77 - the Yom-Kippur war - a watershed; 1977-82 - the peace process starts; 1982-84 - war and peace; 1984-87 - internal problems and uprising. Part 4 "Peace now" - anatomy of a movement: impediments; penetration; expansion; summary. Part 5 The ethnic dimension: background; the politicization of ethnic identity; summary. Part 6 The Jewish political culture of Israel: extra-parliamentary protest in Israel. Part 7 Conclusions - a dissenting culture: dissent and political culture.