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Israel After Begin

Gregory S. Mahler

Publication Year: 1990

This book focuses on the nature of Israeli politics in the ‘post-Begin’ era. It examines significant contemporary issues such as the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon; the harnessing of the enormous inflation rate; the escalating tension between religious and secular Israeli Jews; the widening influence of radical right wing activist Rabbi Meir Kahane; the fluctuating relationship between Israel and the U.S.; the survival of the Likud Party; and changes in national electoral strategies of the major parties. It places recent events in Israeli politics in a historical context and suggests what the implications of these events might be for the future.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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1. Israel After Begin

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pp. 1-16

Fully a month after the elections for Israel's Twelfth Knesset (parliament) in November 1988, Israel's two major political parties, Likud and Labor, were still engaged in a battle over which was more capable of forming a coalition government. Likud had received the first post-election "mandate" from the president ...

Part One: Beginism, the Rule of Law, and the Radical Right in Israel

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2. The Legacy of Begin and Beginism for the Israeli Political System

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pp. 19-50

At this historical juncture, Israel's fortieth anniversary, it could be argued that with the exception of David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin was the single most important personality in the political history of the State of Israel. His impact was significant in a number of areas: (a) Begin was instrumental in the development ...

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3. Illegalism in Israeli Political Culture: Theoretical and Historical Footnotes to the Pollard Affair and the Shin Beth Cover Up

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pp. 51-70

Several recent scandals that took place in Israel, most noteworthy the Pollard Affair and the obstruction of justice by the Shin Beth (Israel's Secret Service), have called attention to the illegalistic orientation of Israel's top political leaders: the conviction that security considerations, party interests and their own political ...

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4. Tehiya as a Permanent Nationalist Phenomenon

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pp. 71-90

Polls indicate that Tehiya has emerged as the third largest political party in Israel. Founded in 1979 in reaction to the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, the party had three members of Knesset after the 1981 elections and five after 1984. The name Tehiya means revival, an adaptation of a liturgical reference to the miraculous ...

Part Two: Israel's National Security and Foreign Policy

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5. Israeli National Security in the 1980s: The Crisis of Overload

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pp. 93-110

This may not have been Theodor Herzl׳s dream, but Israel's most spectacular achievements have been in the field of national security. The kibbutz, the establishment of a vibrant democracy, the integration of a complex and heterogeneous population of immigrants, sophisticated agriculture, science and technology, ...

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6. Israeli-Soviet Relations Under the National Unity Government

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pp. 111-136

When a new leader takes power, especially in a country that had witnessed a stagnation bordering on immobilization in both its foreign and domestic policies for more than half a decade, a review of policies and policy options should be expected. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that soon after Mikhail Gorbachev ...

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7. Israel in the Middle East

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pp. 137-154

The year 1988 held promise of the resolution of major conflicts throughout the world—in Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Western Sahara, Cambodia, Namibia, and Angola. Yet no comparable promise of the Arab-Israeli settlement appeared on the horizon, it seemed to have a unique intractability. ...

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8. Israel and Morocco: The Political Calculus of a ״Moderate״ Arab State

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pp. 155-186

An understanding of Israel's present and future relations with various states in the Arab world requires a proper analysis of the way in which the leaders of these countries calculate their political interests. Whereas it is sometimes assumed that the behavior of Arab political elites is motivated principally by an ...

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9. The Guarded Relationship Between Israel and Egypt

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pp. 187-208

In the ten years that have passed since the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, the relationship between the two countries has suffered severe strain. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon in June 1982 and the uprising of the Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza Strip during 1988 complicated ...

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10. The Not-so-Silent Partnership: Emerging Trends in American Jewish-Israeli Relationships

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pp. 209-232

In the past several years there has developed within the American Jewish community an increasingly restive mood and a more assertive posture with regard to actions and policies of the government of Israel. While solidarity with the State of Israel remains high, American Jews have started to reexamine the traditional ...

Part Three: The Domestic Political Environment

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11. The Party's Just Begun: Herut Activists in Power and After Begin

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pp. 235-256

In August 1983, Menachem Begin ended his political career. He resigned as prime minister, closed himself behind the door of his apartment, and disappeared from public life. While Begin was active, he embodied the Herut party. He inherited the leadership of the Revisionist movement from Jabotinsky, its founder, ...

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12. Better Late than Never: Democratization in the Labor Party

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pp. 257-272

This essay focuses on the selection of the Labor party candidates for the elections for the Twelfth Knesset. The analysis of the changes in the nominations process is the key to evaluating the extent to which Labor is undergoing internal democratization. From the rise of Labor in the early 1920s and the establishment of its ...

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13. Beyond the Begin Revolution: Recent Developments in Israel's Religious Parties

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pp. 273-290

As they face elections to the Twelfth Knesset on November 1, 1988, Israel's religious parties appeared even more fractious than usual. Indeed, to some observers they may have seemed intent—in an almost masochistic way—upon further fragmenting themselves into assorted cliques and claques whose distinctions loom ...

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14. Israel's Economic Policy in the Post-Begin Era

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pp. 291-306

The most remarkable attribute of Israel's economy during Menachem Begin's premiership concerns not what happened, but rather what did not happen: there were no changes in principle, as compared with the final years of Labor's tenure. In fact, one might say that the only changes that did take place involved ...

Notes

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pp. 307-344

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Contributors

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pp. 345-348

Myron J. Aronoff is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University. He is the author of Frontiertown: The Politics of Community Building in Israel (Manchester University Press, 1974), Power and Ritual in the Israeli Labor Party (Van Gorcum, 1977), and most recently ...

Index

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pp. 349-357


E-ISBN-13: 9781438411699
E-ISBN-10: 1438411693
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791403679
Print-ISBN-10: 079140367X

Page Count: 357
Publication Year: 1990

Series Title: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Series Editor Byline: Russell Stone