Israel and the Politics of Jewish Identity The Secular-Religious Impasse

ISBN-10: 0801863457

ISBN-13: 9780801863455

Edition: 2000

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Description: 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. 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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List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 5/24/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Prologue: From Compromise to Crisis
Religion and State in Israel: A Historical and Conceptual Framework
Consociational Democracy in the First Generation
Old Issues, New Politics: The Second Generation
The Judicial and Constitutional Dimension
Demographic, Cultural, and Religious Changes: Consociationalism under Pressure
The Future of Consociationalism
Notes
Index
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