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Since the 1980s, relationships between secular and religious Israelis have gone from bad to worse. What was formerly a politics of accommodation, one whose main objective was the avoidance of strife through "arrangements" and compromises, has become a winner-take-all, zero-sum game. The conflict is not over who gets what. Rather, it is a conflict over the very character of the polity, a struggle to define Israel's collective character.<P>In Israel and the Politics of Jewish Identity Asher Cohen and Bernard Susser show how this transformation has been caused by structural changes in Israel's public sphere. Surveying many different levels of public life, they explore the change of Israel's politics from a dominant-party system to a balanced two-camp system. They trace the rise of the Haredi parties and the growing consonance of religiosity with right-wing politics. Other topics include the new Basic Laws on Freedom, Dignity, and Occupation; the effects of massive immigration of secular Jews from the former Soviet Union; the greater emphasis on liberal "good government"; and the rise of an aggressive investigative press and electronic media.

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The authors, an American-born, mostly secular, left-wing Labor party member and an Israeli-born member of the National Religious Party, join in an effort to write an unpolemical, balanced discussion of the conflict between religious and secular Israelis, including how and why the relationship has changed, the consequences, and the future of consociationalism, which they argue encourages peaceable resolution.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780801863455
Author:
Cohen, Asher
Author:
Susser, Bernard
Author:
Kohen, Asher
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore, Md.
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Government (non-U.S.)
Subject:
Constitutions
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Judaism - Movements
Subject:
Religion and politics
Subject:
Orthodox judaism
Subject:
Judaism and state
Subject:
Judaism - Movements x
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Israel Politics and government.
Subject:
Orthodox Judaism - Israel - Relations -
Series Volume:
VT203
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9.31x6.30x.71 in. .85 lbs.

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