Contemporary Israel Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy, and Security Challenges

ISBN-10: 0813343852
ISBN-13: 9780813343853
Edition: 2009 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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)

  Robert O. Freedmanis Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Baltimore Hebrew University and is currently Visiting Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches courses on the Arabndash;Israeli conflict and on Russian foreign policy. He is the author or editor of several books, includingContemporary Israel(Westview Press).

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Maps
Acronyms
Introduction
Israel's Domestic Politics
The Israeli Right
After Rabin: The Malaise of the Israeli Zionist Left
Israel's Religious Parties
Israel's "Russian" Parties
Israel's Arab Parties
Israel's Supreme Court
The Israeli Economy
Israel's Foreign Policy
Israel and the Palestinians
Israel and the Arab World
Israel's Strategic Relations with Turkey and India
Israel and the United States
Israel's Security Challenges
Existential Threats to Israel
Israel's 2006 War with Hizbollah: The Failure of Deterrence
Election Results
Bibliography
Index

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