Politics and Government in Israel The Maturation of a Modern State

ISBN-10: 0742568288
ISBN-13: 9780742568280
Edition: 2nd 2011
Authors: Gregory Mahler
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List price: $34.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 402
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

List of Boxes, Figures, Maps, Photos, and Tables
Preface
Introduction: The Study of Israel in Comparative Context
What Do We Study?
How Do We Study Politics?
Studying Political Institutions and Behavior
Studying Israeli Government and Politics
The Political Setting
History and the Creation of Israel
Historical Roots of Contemporary Israel
The Emergence of Zionism, 1830-1917
Growth of the Yishuv, 1880-1939
The Balfour Declaration and the British Mandate Period, 1917-1947
World War II and the Holocaust
Transition to Statehood, 1945-1948
The Palestinians
History and the Creation of Israel
For Further Reading
Zionism, Religion, and the Domestic Political Environment
The Concept of Zionism
The Religious Communities of Israel
Judaism in Israel
Religion and Politics-Jewish Issues
Israel's Non-Jewish Communities
Zionism, Religion, and the State
For Further Reading
The Social and Economic Context of Politics
Peoples of Israel
Ashkenazim and Sephardim
Immigration and Emigration
Social Class
Education and Culture
Health Care and Social Services
Cities, Villages, Kibbutzim, and Moshavim
The Economy
Foreign Economic Relations
The Political Culture and the Economy
For Further Reading
The Governmental Institutions
The Constitutional System and Parliamentary Government
The Debate over Creating a Written Constitution
The Structures of the Israeli Constitution
The Role of the Courts in the Creation of a Constitution
Israel as a Parliamentary System
For Further Reading
The Prime Minister and the Knesset
The Setting
The Balance of Power
Legislation in the Knesset
The Members of Knesset
Legislative Behavior of Members of the Knesset
Knesset Organization
Coalition Politics and Coalition Governments
The Knesset, the Government, and Israeli Politics
For Further Reading
Political Parties and Interest Groups
The Setting
Ideology in Israel
The Functions of Parties
Parties and Issues
Interest Groups
For Further Reading
The Electoral Process and Voting Behavior
The Electoral System and Israeli Voting Behavior
Proportional Representation and Elections
Past Proposals for Electoral Change
The 1996-2001 Electoral System for Prime Minister
Voting Behavior and Electoral Results
Voting and Ideology
Ethnicity
Voting Trends
Significance of the Electoral Process for Israel
For Further Reading
The Machinery of Government
The Bureaucracy and the Civil Service
Local Government
The Judiciary and the Legal System in Israeli Politics
The Military and the Government
The Bureaucracy, the Judiciary, and the Military
For Further Reading
Foreign Policy and the Middle Eastern Political Setting
The Foreign Policy Setting
The Setting: The Legacy of Warfare
Strategic Considerations
Military-Security Concerns
Political-Diplomatic Concerns
Economic-Developmental Concerns
Cultural-Status Concerns
The Foreign Policy Setting: A Recapitulation
For Further Reading
The Palestinians, the West Bank and Gaza, and Jerusalem
History
The Palestinians
Palestinian Statehood and Governance
Palestinian Goals
The West Bank and Gaza
Jerusalem
Israeli Attitudes, Intentions, and Policies
The Palestinians, the West Bank and Gaza, and Jerusalem
For Further Reading
The Peace Process
The Quest for Peace
Progress toward Peace, Post-1948
Progress toward Peace, Post-1956
Camp David and the Peace Process, 1978-1982
Israel's Peace Initiative, 1989
The Madrid Peace Conference, 1991
The Oslo Accords, 1993
The Wye River Memorandum, October 23, 1998
The Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum, April 30, 2001
Bilateral Progress
The Copenhagen Track
The Quest for Peace, Again
For Further Reading
Notes
Index
About the Author

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