1st Edition

The New Israel Peacemaking And Liberalization

By Gershon Shafir, Yoav Peled Copyright 2000
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    307 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    Gershon Shafir is professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Land, labour and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914 and Immigrants and Nationalists, and the editor of The Citizenship Debates. Yoav Peled is senior lecturer of political science at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Class and Ethnicity in the Pale: The Political Economy of Jewish Workers' Nationalism in Late Imperial Russia.