This book traces the origin and development of the communist movement in Palestine and Israel, examining in detail the problems affecting it the years preceding Israeli statehood In 1948. Focusing on these problems within the context of events in the Ylshuv (the Jewish community in Palestine) and the International communist movement, Dr. Rubenstein analyzes unpopular positions advocated by the Communist party, its efforts to remain loyal to Moscow's dictates, and the succession of rifts within the movement. Concludes with an overview of the communist movement in Israel today, Dr. Rubenstein explains the virtual extinction of party influence on the current Israeli political scene.
Part 1 Ideological origins: the Poale Zion and the MPS in Palestine, Part 2 Evolving perceptions: 1917-1922 from the Balfour declaration to Britain's Palestine mandate, Part 3 The PCP and the KPP: frictions and fractions; the tools, the dupes, the cat, the mice, Part 4 The PCP under Arab leadership: more frictions, fractions. shifts and reversals: the war years, plus ca change, plus ca reste le meme, Part 5 toward statehood: reunification. Renewed splits, domestic and foreign policy challenges: elections.