Normal view MARC view ISBD view

Politics and Society in Modern Israel : Myths and Realities.

By: Garfinkle, Adam.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Armonk : Taylor and Francis, 2015Copyright date: ©2000Edition: 2nd ed.Description: 1 online resource (352 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317462477.Subject(s): Israel -- Foreign relations | Israel -- Politics and government | Israel -- Social conditions | National characteristics, Israeli -- AnecdotesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Politics and Society in Modern Israel : Myths and RealitiesDDC classification: 320.95694 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Preface to the Second Editon -- 1. Introduction -- Israel the Exceptional -- The Egg that Was a Golf Ball: Political Culture -- Everyday Life in Israel: A Sketch -- The Chapters -- 2. In the Beginning -- Ancient Jewish Commonwealths -- The Varieties and Significance of Exile -- The Emancipation and the Birth of Zionism -- Toward Statehood: War, Mandate, War, and War Again -- 3. Society and Polity at Independence -- The War for Independence and Its Impact -- Political Geography and the Zionist Zeitgeist -- Political Demography and Origins of the Israeli System -- Legacies: Yishuv to State -- Immigration, Security, and Settlement -- Early Foreign Relations -- 4. Society and Political Economy in Contemporary Israel -- The New Demography and Its Implications -- Israeli Arabs -- The Role of External Threat and the IDF -- The Managed Economy -- Religion -- Relations with the Diaspora -- 5. Political Institutions and Issues -- The Basic Laws -- Parliamentary Institutions, Cabinet Government, and the Presidency -- The Judiciary, the Legal Adviser, and the State Comptroller -- The Parties and Their Discontents -- The Media and the Intellectual Elite -- Municipal Government -- The Political Class and Challenges to the Mainstream -- 6. Foreign Policy: Sources and Substance -- Institutions: Prime Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, Intelligence Services -- The Paramountcy of Security: War and Peace -- Relations with the United States -- Relations with Europe and Russia -- Relations with the Third World -- Israel in the Middle East -- 7. Peace and Normalcy? -- The Peace Process Since Camp David: A Brief Sketch -- The Broader Impact of the Peace Process -- Hopes and Fears: Israel's Internal Peace Process Debate -- The Future of U.S.-Israeli Relations.
Israel and World Jewry into the Future -- Peace and Israeli Society: The Challenge of Normalcy -- Reconciling Myth and Reality -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Glossary of Hebrew Terms and Acronyms -- Suggested Readings -- Index.
Summary: With full coverage of recent dramatic events in Israeli politics from the Rabin assassination through the May 1996 elections, this work provides an up-to-date introduction to Israeli politics and society. It seeks to convey a strong sense of everyday life in Israel, the nuances and contradictions of Israeli identity, the ethnic composition and institutional structure of Israeli society, as well as Israeli political culture and the issues that dominate the country's domestic and foreign policy.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
Item type Current location Call number URL Status Date due Barcode
Electronic Book UT Tyler Online
Online
DS126.5 -- .G357 2015 (Browse shelf) http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uttyler/detail.action?docID=1982547 Available EBC1982547

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Preface to the Second Editon -- 1. Introduction -- Israel the Exceptional -- The Egg that Was a Golf Ball: Political Culture -- Everyday Life in Israel: A Sketch -- The Chapters -- 2. In the Beginning -- Ancient Jewish Commonwealths -- The Varieties and Significance of Exile -- The Emancipation and the Birth of Zionism -- Toward Statehood: War, Mandate, War, and War Again -- 3. Society and Polity at Independence -- The War for Independence and Its Impact -- Political Geography and the Zionist Zeitgeist -- Political Demography and Origins of the Israeli System -- Legacies: Yishuv to State -- Immigration, Security, and Settlement -- Early Foreign Relations -- 4. Society and Political Economy in Contemporary Israel -- The New Demography and Its Implications -- Israeli Arabs -- The Role of External Threat and the IDF -- The Managed Economy -- Religion -- Relations with the Diaspora -- 5. Political Institutions and Issues -- The Basic Laws -- Parliamentary Institutions, Cabinet Government, and the Presidency -- The Judiciary, the Legal Adviser, and the State Comptroller -- The Parties and Their Discontents -- The Media and the Intellectual Elite -- Municipal Government -- The Political Class and Challenges to the Mainstream -- 6. Foreign Policy: Sources and Substance -- Institutions: Prime Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, Intelligence Services -- The Paramountcy of Security: War and Peace -- Relations with the United States -- Relations with Europe and Russia -- Relations with the Third World -- Israel in the Middle East -- 7. Peace and Normalcy? -- The Peace Process Since Camp David: A Brief Sketch -- The Broader Impact of the Peace Process -- Hopes and Fears: Israel's Internal Peace Process Debate -- The Future of U.S.-Israeli Relations.

Israel and World Jewry into the Future -- Peace and Israeli Society: The Challenge of Normalcy -- Reconciling Myth and Reality -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Glossary of Hebrew Terms and Acronyms -- Suggested Readings -- Index.

With full coverage of recent dramatic events in Israeli politics from the Rabin assassination through the May 1996 elections, this work provides an up-to-date introduction to Israeli politics and society. It seeks to convey a strong sense of everyday life in Israel, the nuances and contradictions of Israeli identity, the ethnic composition and institutional structure of Israeli society, as well as Israeli political culture and the issues that dominate the country's domestic and foreign policy.

Description based on publisher supplied metadata and other sources.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

CHOICE Review

Garfinkle's sympathetic account of Israeli politics and society is presented in a rather personal, folksy style interspersed with vignettes of the author's own experiences and observations and his asides about what "most Israelis," "many Arabs," and others think on a variety of subjects. Although the author refers to few if any opinion polls, he reports, apparently from his own observations, that "most Israelis don't like Woody Allen," that they "tend not to like speaking of theories, generalities or abstractions," and that "they are rude to an extent that it even bothers other Israelis." These comments add color to the descriptions of Israeli life scattered throughout the book. The account begins with Jewish history from biblical times to the end of WW II and proceeds with chapters covering social structure, economy, politics, and political institutions of the modern Jewish state. About a third of the book (two of the seven chapters) covers the country's foreign policy, the peace process, and relations with the US and with American Jewry. Frequent comparisons with US institutions and politics indicate that the book was written for an American audience. It would be a lively supplement to Don Peretz and Gideon Doron's The Government and Politics of Israel (3rd ed., CH, Jul'97). All levels. D. Peretz; emeritus, SUNY at Binghamton

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.