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Israeli History, Politics and Society


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This series provides a multidisciplinary examination of all aspects of Israeli history, politics and society and serves as a means of communication between the various communities interested in Israel: academics, policy-makers, practitioners, journalists and the informed public.

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Politics of Memory The Israeli Underground's Struggle for Inclusion in the National Pantheon and Military Commemoralization

Politics of Memory: The Israeli Underground's Struggle for Inclusion in the National Pantheon and Military Commemoralization

1st Edition

Udi Lebel
November 30, 2012

This book illustrates how a dominant political party, the Mapai, under the leadership of P.M. David Ben-Gurion, chose to ‘hug,’ honor and commemorate ‘Her Fallen’ and ‘Her Bereaved Families,’ whilst simultaneously ignoring the fallen that were identified with the rival political party, Herut, led ...

John F. Kennedy and the Politics of Arms Sales to Israel

John F. Kennedy and the Politics of Arms Sales to Israel

1st Edition

Abraham Ben-Zvi
April 30, 2002

This volume seeks to reconstruct the process by which the Kennedy administration decided to sell to Israel Hawk surface-to-air missiles. It argues that both domestic considerations and political calculations were part of a highly complex decision made by members of Washington's high policy elite....

Israel and the Family of Nations The Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights

Israel and the Family of Nations: The Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights

1st Edition

Alexander Yakobson, Amnon Rubinstein
July 09, 2010

Can Israel be both Jewish and truly democratic? How can a nation–state, which incorporates a large national minority with a distinct identity of its own be a state of all its citizens? Written by two eminent Israeli scholars, a professor of constitutional law and a historian, Alexander Yakobson ...

Ben-Gurion, Zionism and American Jewry 1948 - 1963

Ben-Gurion, Zionism and American Jewry: 1948 - 1963

1st Edition

Ariel Feldestein
December 22, 2009

Based on archival material, this intriguing book examines David Ben-Gurion’s influence on the relationship between the state of Israel, the Zionist Organization and American Jewry between 1948 and 1963 when he served as Prime Minister and Minister of Defence. The author discusses how Ben-Gurion was...

The Origins of the American-Israeli Alliance The Jordanian Factor

The Origins of the American-Israeli Alliance: The Jordanian Factor

1st Edition

Abraham Ben-Zvi
December 22, 2009

This book demonstrates that the origins of the US-Israeli alliance lay in the former's concern over Egyptian influence in Jordan, contrasting with the widely-held view of the significance of the Six Day War. The American-Israeli Alliance will be of great interest to students of Middle East studies,...

The Rise of Israel A History of a Revolutionary State

The Rise of Israel: A History of a Revolutionary State

1st Edition

Jonathan Adelman
March 26, 2008

The state of Israel is one of the most controversial countries in the world. Yet, its unique creation and rise to power in 1948 has not been adequately explained either by its friends (mainstream Zionists) nor by its detractors (Arabists and post-Zionists). Using a variety of comparative ...

Israeli Institutions at the Crossroads

Israeli Institutions at the Crossroads

1st Edition

Raphael Cohen-Almagor
July 21, 2005

This is a fascinating collection of essays about Israeli society and its institutions. It is written by practitioners who have experience and understanding, who are equipped with the insight and knowledge, and who bore responsibility while serving the public in the various institutions. Among the ...

Navigating Perilous Waters An Israeli Strategy for Peace and Security

Navigating Perilous Waters: An Israeli Strategy for Peace and Security

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Ephraim Sneh
March 03, 2005

Israel is a Jewish state in a Muslim Middle East. How can it survive in that region? This book answers this question by analyzing the dangers and threats that Israel faces today. The book also highlights an important component of Israel's strength: the endurance and the cohesion of its social ...

Trapped Fools Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories

Trapped Fools: Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories

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Shlomo Gazit
April 01, 2003

Based upon the author's own experiences this study explores the Israeli government's attitude to the West Bank and Gaza over a period of 30 years. The "fools" in the book's title refers not only to the Arabs who rejected Israeli peace offers but to the Israelis themselves....

Israel's Quest for Recognition and Acceptance in Asia Garrison State Diplomacy

Israel's Quest for Recognition and Acceptance in Asia: Garrison State Diplomacy

1st Edition

Jacob Abadi
August 12, 2004

This title represents a comprehensive study of Israel's attempts to build diplomatic relations with countries on the Asian continent. The author argues that, despite the persistence of the Arab Israeli conflict, the Israeli Foreign Ministry was remarkably successful in gaining recognition in most ...

H V Evatt and the Establishment of Israel The Undercover Zionist

H V Evatt and the Establishment of Israel: The Undercover Zionist

1st Edition

Daniel Mandel
June 30, 2004

The Minister for External Affairs, and the dominant force in the formation of Australian foreign policy for a crucial decade in the battle over Palestine (1941-1949), Herbert Vere Evatt played a central role in the Australian political response to Zionism and the conflict in Palestine. This book, ...

The Conscience of Lebanon A Political Biography of Etienne Sakr (Abu-Arz)

The Conscience of Lebanon: A Political Biography of Etienne Sakr (Abu-Arz)

1st Edition

Mordechai Nisan
April 29, 2003

This work is a combination of an account of a most captivating Lebanese personality with a penetrating analysis of the historical and religious contours of Lebanon. Mordechai Nisan spent much time with Etienne Sakr between 2000 and 2001. Set within the context of the national political narrative of...

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