Israeli History, Politics and Society

Series Editor: Efraim Karsh

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.

  • Ralph Bunche and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    Mediation and the UN, 1947-1949

    By Elad Ben-Dror

    "I swear by all that’s Holy, I will never come anywhere near the Palestine problem once I liberate myself from this trap." Ralph Bunche wrote these lines to his wife in 1949, during the armistice talks on Rhodes. A year later, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his success in ending the 1948…

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  • Jihad in Palestine

    Political Islam and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    By Shaul Bartal

    The 21st century exists in the shadow of the return of extremist Islam to the center of the world’s political stage, a process that began at the end of the previous century. While researchers have focused on the rise of Hamas, this return has in fact manifested itself in a range of independent…

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  • Israel's National Security

    Issues and Challenges Since the Yom Kippur War

    By Efraim Inbar

    This volume presents a comprehensive analysis of Israel's security challenges since the 1973 October War. Efraim Inbar takes the reader on a historical journey through Israel's relations in the Middle East that begins with an analysis of Israel's strategic thinking after 1973 and ends with an…

    Paperback – 2014-04-28
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  • War in Palestine, 1948

    Israeli and Arab Strategy and Diplomacy

    By David Tal

    Arab involvement in the Jewish-Palestine conflict had started during the late 1930s, but it was only in the wake of the UN Partition Resolution of 29 November 1947 that active military intervention was considered. The Arab League tried to form a unified army that would prevent the implementation of…

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  • Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Issue

    The Formulation of a Policy, 1948-1956

    By Jacob Tovy

    Examining the development of Israel’s policy toward the Palestinian refugee issue, this book spans the period following the first Arab-Israeli War until the mid-1950s, when the basic principles of Israel’s policy were finalized. Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Issue outlines and analyzes the…

    Hardback – 2014-02-27
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  • Israel's National Security Law

    Political Dynamics and Historical Development

    By Amichai Cohen, Stuart Cohen

    Terror attacks on western civilian targets have stimulated interest in the dilemmas faced by liberal societies when combating threats to national security. Combining the perspectives of political science and law, this book addresses that discourse, asking how democracies seek to harmonize the…

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  • Britain's Moment in Palestine

    Retrospect and Perspectives, 1917-1948

    By Michael J Cohen

    In 1917, the British issued the Balfour Declaration for military and strategic reasons. This book analyses why and how the British took on the Palestine Mandate. It explores how their interests and policies changed during its course and why they evacuated the country in 1948. During the first…

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  • Social Mobilization in the Arab/Israeli War of 1948

    On the Israeli Home Front

    By Moshe Naor

    In many ways, the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 is typical of the total military conflicts that characterized the first half of the twentieth century. However, in addition to the military course of the war, and its formative and revolutionary ramifications, this war was also notable for the social…

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  • Politics of Memory

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

    By Udi Lebel

    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…

    Hardback – 2012-11-30
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  • Secularism and Religion in Jewish-Israeli Politics

    Traditionists and Modernity

    By Yaacov Yadgar

    Common discourse on Jewish identity in Israel is dominated by the view that Jewish Israelis can, and should, be either religious or secular. Moving away from this conventional framework, this book examines the role of secularism and religion in Jewish society and politics. With a focus on the ‘…

    Hardback – 2010-07-28
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  • Israel and the Family of Nations

    The Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights

    By Alexander Yakobson, Amnon Rubinstein

    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…

    Paperback – 2010-07-09
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  • Ben-Gurion, Zionism and American Jewry

    1948 - 1963

    By Ariel Feldestein

    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…

    Paperback – 2009-12-22
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  • The Origins of the American-Israeli Alliance

    The Jordanian Factor

    By Abraham Ben-Zvi

    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,…

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  • The Rise of Israel

    A History of a Revolutionary State

    By Jonathan Adelman

    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…

    Paperback – 2008-03-26
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  • The Harp and the Shield of David

    Ireland, Zionism and the State of Israel

    By Shulamit Eliash

    Eliash examines the relationship between Ireland and the Zionist movement, and the state of Israel from the context of Palestine’s partition and the delay in Ireland’s recognition of the State of Israel until 1963. Analyzing the Irish attitude to the partition of Palestine through an analogy…

    Hardback – 2007-04-12
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  • Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999-2001

    Within Reach

    By Gilead Sher

    Written by Gilead Sher, Israeli Chief of Staff during the tumultuous 1999-2000 peace negotiations, this book provides a fast paced description and analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Presenting an overview of the core issues of contention, the various key ‘players’ and the possible…

    Paperback – 2005-12-20
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  • Israeli Democracy at the Crossroads

    Edited by Raphael Cohen-Almagor

    In recent years, the discussion about Israel was dominated by post-Zionist, post-Israeli opinions. Important voices that represent large sectors of Israeli society were not heard. To somewhat change this situation, some of the best scholars in their respective fields participate in this…

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  • Israeli Institutions at the Crossroads

    Edited by Raphael Cohen-Almagor

    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…

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  • Israel at the Polls 2003

    Edited by M. Ben Mollov, Jonathan Rynhold, Shmuel Sandler

    Israel's 2003 election took place against the background of a deteriorating security situation (due to Palestinian violence and the impending US War in Iraq) and severe disillusionment with the Oslo peace process. The election, which brought about a decisive victory of the Likud Party and Ariel…

    Hardback – 2005-06-02
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  • Between Capital and Land

    The Jewish National Fund's Finances and Land-Purchase Priorities in Palestine, 1939-1945

    By Eric Engel Tuten

    Tuten shows how the Jewish National Fund (JNF) proved to be flexible in its fundraising to obtain its land-purchase objectives during the Second World War. He provides a detailed examination of the Jewish National Fund's internal development and analyses the relationship between JNF's…

    Hardback – 2005-03-31
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  • Navigating Perilous Waters

    An Israeli Strategy for Peace and Security

    By Ephraim Sneh

    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…

    Paperback – 2005-03-03
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  • Israel's Quest for Recognition and Acceptance in Asia

    Garrison State Diplomacy

    By Jacob Abadi

    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…

    Paperback – 2004-08-12
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  • H V Evatt and the Establishment of Israel

    The Undercover Zionist

    By Daniel Mandel

    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,…

    Paperback – 2004-06-30
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  • Britain, Israel and Anglo-Jewry 1949-57

    By Natan Aridan

    This book focuses on the bilateral and multilateral relations between Britain, the 'former proprietor' and Israel, the 'successor state', during the period following their armed clash in January 1949, to Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza and the Sinai in March 1957. It highlights the formulation of…

    Hardback – 2004-06-17
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  • Israel: The First Hundred Years

    Volume IV: Israel in the International Arena

    Edited by Efraim Karsh

    Born amidst the ruin of the Second World War and into the Cold War environment of machtpolitik, Israel has since its earliest existence commanded a place on the international stage out of all relation to its size, population or ambitions. This volume examines Israel's experience in foreign affairs…

    Paperback – 2004-03-25
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  • Lyndon B. Johnson and the Politics of Arms Sales to Israel

    In the Shadow of the Hawk

    By Abraham Ben-Zvi

    Lyndon B. Johnson and the Politics of Arms Sales to Israel seeks to reconstruct and elucidate the processes behind the decisions made by the Johnson Administration during the years 1965-68 to sell Israel M-48 tanks, A-4 Skyhawk planes and F-4 Phantom planes. This examination is based on a…

    Paperback – 2004-02-05
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  • Britain, the Hashemites and Arab Rule

    The Sherifian Solution

    By Timothy J. Paris

    Timothy Paris examines Winston Churchill's involvement in the struggle for power in a number of Middle Eastern countries between 1920 and 1925. His study traces the development of the Sherifian policy, a policy that was devised by the British.…

    Hardback – 2003-05-01
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  • The Israeli Palestinians

    An Arab Minority in the Jewish State

    Edited by Alexander Bligh

    One of the most crucial issues to affect national policy in the state of Israel is that of relations between its Jewish and Arab citizens. This edited collection offers a comprehensive analysis of the most significant factors to have contributed to current conditions.…

    Paperback – 2003-05-01
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  • The Conscience of Lebanon

    A Political Biography of Etienne Sakr (Abu-Arz)

    By Mordechai Nisan

    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…

    Paperback – 2003-04-29
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  • Israel, the Hashemites and the Palestinians

    The Fateful Triangle

    Edited by Efraim Karsh, P.R. Kumaraswamy

    This volume provides a wide ranging historical survey of the special relationship between the Zionist movement and Israel with the Hashemite family and its far-reaching implications for Middle Eastern affairs in general, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular. It includes chapters on…

    Paperback – 2003-04-02
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  • Trapped Fools

    Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories

    By Shlomo Gazit

    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.…

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  • Rethinking the Middle East

    By Efraim Karsh

    Rethinking the Middle East runs counter to the received wisdom in modern Middle East studies. This discipline has been dominated by what may be termed a "culture of victimization"; it views the local populations of the Middle East Arabs in particular as the hapless victims of alien encroachment,…

    Paperback – 2003-03-30
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  • The Last Days in Israel

    Understanding the New Israeli Democracy

    By Abraham Diskin

    During the 1990s many dramatic changes influenced the basic characteristics of the Israeli democracy. This volume examines the challenges and circumstances the country has faced and addresses both the public's and leadership's singular goal of "peace and security". The book also investigates the…

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  • Israeli Identity

    In Search of a Successor to the Pioneer, Tsabar and Settler

    By Lilly Weissbrod

    This thoroughly researched book reveals the true identity of the modern Israeli. Israelis are unique in having changed their identity three times in only one hundred years. Written in a user-friendly style, the book will appeal to scholars and students of the Middle East.…

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  • A Dissenting Democracy

    The Israeli Movement 'Peace Now'

    By Magnus Norell

    A Dissenting Democracy explores the tension between the will of the whole of Israeli society and the right of the individual conscience to take precedence over that collective will. The author explores the dilemmas that stem from such an individual stance in relation to Jewish political…

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  • Decision on Palestine Deferred

    America, Britain and Wartime Diplomacy, 1939-1945

    By Monty Noam Penkower

    Professor Penkower's latest book, Decision on Palestine Deferred, offers the first sustained, documented account of Palestine and the Anglo-American alliance during the Second World War. Firmly grounded in three decades of archival research, his spirited narrative offers a fascinating cast of…

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  • Developments in Israeli Public Administration

    Edited by Moshe Maor

    The "Israeli History, Politics and Society" series comprises multidisciplinary studies that range from elections and the Yom Kippur war to the search for a true Israeli identity and the various initiatives to foment or prevent the peace process. This volume brings together a set of articles that…

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  • Green Crescent Over Nazareth

    The Displacement of Christians by Muslims in the Holy Land

    By Raphael Israeli

    This is the story of the cultural and political struggle between Christians and Muslims, and of the rapid Islamicization of Nazareth - the birthplace of Christianity - ironically, under the rule of the Jewish State of Israel.…

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  • Israeli Diplomacy and the Quest for Peace

    By Mordechai Gazit

    This account of key issues in Israel's foreign policy offers a new insight into Israeli thinking. It also covers issues where the focus is on American, British, Egyptian and Jordanian diplomacy. The author's research is based on an abundance of documentary evidence, and the analysis benefits from…

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  • Israeli-Romanian Relations at the End of the Ceausescu Era

    As Seen by Israel's Ambassador to Romania 1985-1989

    By Yosef Govrin

    Yosef Govrin was the Israeli Ambassador to Romania in the twilight of the communist era. Govrin describes Israeli-Romanian relations as he observed them from 1985 to 1989 after which the leader of Romania was deposed.…

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

    By Abraham Ben-Zvi

    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.…

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  • Jerusalem Divided

    The Armistice Regime, 1947-1967

    By Raphael Israeli

    Traces the background to the history of the Armistice Regime, established in 1947 to combat the fighting between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem. The author details the Armistice Commission, which governed its application and the many in-built problems that thwarted their proper functioning.…

    Paperback – 2002-01-31
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  • Public Policy in Israel

    Edited by David Nachmias, Gila Menahem

    An examination of the current Israeli government, covering public policies such as health, housing and transport. The volume covers the institutional as well as the political and the bureaucratic framework within which public policies have been made and implemented.…

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  • Israel: The First Hundred Years

    Volume III: Politics and Society since 1948

    Edited by Efraim Karsh

    Since its founding in 1948 Israel has faced many political, social and psychological challenges, unfamiliar to other nations on the western democratic political model and peculiar to the Jewish state. This work covers the role of politics in Israel since 1948.…

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  • Israel at the Polls 1999

    Israel: the First Hundred Years, Volume III

    Edited by Daniel J. Elazar, M. Ben Mollov

    The 1999 Israeli elections focused on the character of the main political contenders for prime minister - Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. Along with Barak's victory, the Israeli public made important statements concerning the shape and direction of Israeli political culture with a hope of a…

    Paperback – 2001-09-01
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  • Israeli-Egyptian Relations, 1980-2000

    By Ephraim Dowek

    A memoir by former diplomat Ephraim Dowek which provides a comprehensive study of the relations between Egypt and Israel from peace until the present day. This is an informative account of the author's time in Egypt as a high-level Israeli diplomat (he was eventually appointed Ambassador) and as a…

    Hardback – 2001-06-01
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  • Global Politics

    Essays in Honour of David Vital

    Edited by Abraham Ben-Zvi, Aharon Klieman

    The essays in this volume discuss and assess the philosophies and writings of Professor David Vital. They aim to develop his work within modern diplomacy, issues relating to modern Jewish history, and within the State of Israel and its conduct of foreign relations.…

    Paperback – 2001-05-18
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  • Peacemaking in a Divided Society

    Israel After Rabin

    Edited by Sasson Sofer

    This is an interdisciplinary study of Israeli society in one of the defining moments in the history of Israel. The contributors discuss the critical aspects of the political order, economics, the military, the role of the media and legal reform that are shaping a new Israel.…

    Paperback – 2001-01-03
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  • Divided Against Zion

    Anti-Zionist Opposition to the Creation of a Jewish State in Palestine, 1945-1948

    By Rory Miller

    Using primary sources, this study of the relationship between three anti-Zionist bodies in Britain in the years that directly preceded the founding of the State of Israel also analyzes the Zionist attitude to the Jewish Fellowship, the Arab Office and the Committee for Arab Affairs.…

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  • Israel: the First Hundred Years

    Volume II: From War to Peace?

    Edited by Efraim Karsh

    The end of the British mandate in Palestine heralded the birth of the new state of Israel. It also marked the end of one of the most tumultuous and momentous chapters in Israeli history. But the new state, born into a hostile environment and struggling with the manifold demands of sovereignty,…

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