Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Religion, and Government
Books on Israel, Volume IV
Publication Year: 1997
Published by: State University of New York Press
Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
This is the fourth volume to be published under the aegis of the Association for Israel Studies which brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines and perspectives in reviewing recent work on modern Israel. The previous volumes in this series, all published by the State University of New York Press, are: ...
Part I: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Both scholars and practitioners of the art-and-science of conflict resolution have come to realize that conflicts often come in two parts. One part involves a disagreement by the parties over so-called "hard" resources or things that are typically scarce or not easily divisible, and subject to zero-sum calculations and materialist or realist theorizing. ...
1. Water in the Arab-Israeli Struggle: Conflict or Cooperation?
Although the struggle over water resources has been a feature of the Arab-Israeli conflict since its beginning, the phenomenon has only recently received serious academic attention. Whether the potential for conflict has actually increased or not, water scarcity has come to be perceived as a ...
2. Dialogue and National Consensus in the Pre-Madrid Period: Dilemmas of Israeli and Palestinian Peace Activists
These three books focus on the dilemma that Israeli and Palestinian activists have faced in their efforts to create and maintain a dialogue for peace between their communities. Most of the authors' interviews were conducted between 1988 and 1991, shortly after the Palestinian Intifada erupted and before the beginning of the current peace process. ...
Part II: Society and Government
For a long time, the academic study of Israeli government and politics focused exclusively on the national levels of Knesset, cabinet, and parties. Academics could argue that this was, after all, where the action was-certainly not on the local levels of city, neighborhood, or ward. Increasingly this self-imposed limitation to the study of politics has become indefensible, ...
3. Neighborhood Renewal through the Establishment and through Protest
The Israeli political system has been led since its inception by a powerful central government burdened with national tasks in defense, economy, and immigrant absorption. Hence, Israeli social scientists, preoccupied with the salient characteristics of their own political system, ...
4. Israeli Courts and Cultural Adaptation
In the summer of 1994, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that two members of the Knesset, who had broken with the party they had been elected to represent, could not become cabinet ministers or deputies. This was an interpretation of a Basic Law: Knesset provision. (The subject matter of Basic-Laws is a sort of constitution in parts, ...
5. Modern Jerusalem: Politics, Planning, People
Jerusalem is undoubtedly one of the most written about cities in the world. Between the 1840s and the early twentieth century, some five thousand books were written about the modern city. or how it has supposedly "degenerated" from its biblical glory. ...
Part III: Religion
Continuing the theme of decentralization or a return to local-level issues, the three essays in this section all deal with aspects of Judaism as revealed in the works and lives of a single scholar (Zvi Zoharl. a single community (Walter Zenner's Aram Sob a-Aleppo-transplanted to Israel). ...
6. Sephardic Religious Thought in Israel: Aspects of the Theology of Rabbi Haim David HaLevi
In recent years. the electoral successes of Israel's SHAS party have drawn attention to the resilience of Sephardic ethnic religiosity - or religious ethnicity? - in Israel. This resilience is all the more remarkable. in that it has emerged despite what many writers have seen as a determined establishment policy. ...
7. Remembering the Sages of Aram Saba (Aleppo)
Among the biases have which marked the social scientiflc study of Israeli ethnicity and religion have been ...
8. Localizing Israeli Judaism
Referring to the study of Muslim society, Ernest Gellner wrote. ...
Part IV: Literature and Culture
In some ways, this final section of Books on Israel, volume 4, contains, as a group, the most "critical" of all the critical essays. Are we to be surprised that it is in some of the arts - literature, memoir, and cinema - that critical attitudes are expressed, as in the films described by Gertz) - or brought forth, as in Lahav's rather cutting reading of the generals' memoirs? ...
9. Israeli Military Leadership During the Yom Kippur War: Reflections on the Art of Reflection
Shortly after the Six-Day War, Elie Wiesel interviewed Colonel Mordechai Gur, commander of the paratroopers who liberated the Western Wall in old Jerusalem. The following exchange took place between the Jewish intellectual and the Israeli commander: 1 ...
10. Sifrut HaMa'abarah (Transit Camp Literature): Literature of Transition
The crises which Eli Amir describes were shared U by many upon their arrival to Israel during the period of mass immigration in 1948 to 1951. From their own experiences-and those of their friends. relatives and neighbors - comes the subgenre of immigrant literature - Sifrut Hama 'abarah (transit camp literature) - a sub genre concerned with the moment of conjunction ...
11. Historical Memory: Israeli Cinema and Literature in the 19801s and 1990s
During the 1970s and 1980s, the political Right gained the upper hand in Israel. As the Right ascended, so did the views that the country's isolation in the world was permanent, and that Israeli society must rely on armed force and resign itself to a permanent state of war. Although Leftist circles opposed these conceptions, ...
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Page Count: 229
Publication Year: 1997
Series Title: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
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