Israel: Challenges to Identity, Democracy and the State

Israel: Challenges to Identity, Democracy and the State


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Israel: Challenges to Identity, Democracy and the State by Clive Jones, Emma C. Murphy

Often regarded as the only true manifestation of political pluralism in the contemporary Middle East, the state of Israel has dominated the history and politics of the region for over fifty years. Yet despite its position as a regional superpower, Israel continues to struggle with the whole issue of its own identity, the complexities of which have exposed deep clefts throughout Israeli society that threaten to undermine the collective ideal of a viable Jewish polity in the Middle East.

The authors explore the complex challenges facing Israel, and the extent to which its present state structures and institutions can adapt and accommodate themselves to the diversity of security threats that it now faces. This book will be of interest to those who wish to understand the dynamics that have shaped and continue to shape the state of Israel, and the extent to which these have influenced its search for security in the modern Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415270885
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/07/2001
Series: Contemporary Middle East Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Glossary of Terms
1. The Weight of History
2. Political Structures and Social Processes
3. Trials, Triumphs and Tigers
4. A Place Among the Nations
5. Redefining the Jewish State
Select Bibliography

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