The New Israel: Peacemaking and Liberalization argues that the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace process will be expedited by increased economic liberalization. Israel has undergone dramatic economic change in the 1990s, shifting from a strongly protectionist, state-centered economy to a more international, ?neoliberal? one. The book maintains that these fundamental changes have in turn transformed Israeli society as a whole, resulting in a significant moderation of attitudes toward the Palestinian people and Palestinian nationalism. The New Israel contains contributions from both established Israeli sociologists and promising young scholars. The New Israel: Peacemaking and Liberalization is an insightful commentary on one of the most crucial international issues of our time.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Socioeconomic Liberalization of Israel -- A State-Centered Economy -- Challenges to Separatism: Joint Action by Jewish and Arab Workers in Jewish-Owned Industry in Mandatory Palestine -- The Ideological Wellspring of Zionist Capitalism: The Impact of Private Capital and Industry on the Shaping of the Dominant Zionist Ideology -- From “Eretz Yisrael Haovedet” to “Yisrael Hashniah”: The Social Discourse and Social Policy of Mapai in the 1950s -- Liberalization -- Economic Liberalization and the Breakup of the Histadrut’s Domain -- Liberalization and the Transformation of the Political Economy -- Change and Continuity in the Israeli Political Economy: Multi-Level Analysis of the Telecommunications and Energy Sectors -- The Great Economic-Juridical Shift: The Legal Arena and the Transformation of Israel’s Economic Order -- “The Promised Land of Business Opportunities:” Liberal Post-Zionism in the Glocal Age -- The Peace Process -- Peace and Profits: The Globalization of Israeli Business and the Peace Process -- Regional Cooperation and the MENA Economic Summits