Contemporary Israel: Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy, and Security Challenges

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Pub. Date: 2008-09-02
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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. Israel's second Lebanon war 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 it is likely to take in the future.Contents1. 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)

Author Biography

Robert O. Freedman is Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone professor of political science at Baltimore Hebrew University and visiting professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University. He is a past president of the Association for Israel Studies. A frequent consultant to the US State Department and the CIA, Professor Freedman is also the author of four books on Soviet foreign policy.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
About the Authorsp. xii
Mapsp. xiv
Acronymsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Israel's Domestic Politics
The Israeli Rightp. 21
After Rabin: The Malaise of the Israeli Zionist Leftp. 45
Israel's Religious Partiesp. 77
Israel's "Russian" Partiesp. 97
Israel's Arab Partiesp. 115
Israel's Supreme Courtp. 135
The Israeli Economyp. 159
Israel's Foreign Policy
Israel and the Palestiniansp. 175
Israel and the Arab Worldp. 197
Israel's Strategic Relations with Turkey and Indiap. 227
Israel and the United Statesp. 253
Israel's Security Challenges
Existential Threats to Israelp. 299
Israel's 2006 War with Hizbollah: The Failure of Deterrencep. 317
Election Resultsp. 355
Bibliographyp. 357
Indexp. 367
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