Israel and the Politics of Jewish Identity: The Secular-Religious Impasse Asher Cohen

ISBN: 9780801863455

Published: May 24th 2000

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Israel and the Politics of Jewish Identity: The Secular-Religious Impasse  by  Asher Cohen

Israel and the Politics of Jewish Identity: The Secular-Religious Impasse by Asher Cohen
May 24th 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9780801863455 | 4.48 Mb

Since the 1980s, relationships between secular and religious Israelis have gone from bad to worse. What was formerly a politics of accommodation, one whose main objective was the avoidance of strife through arrangements and compromises, has becomeMoreSince the 1980s, relationships between secular and religious Israelis have gone from bad to worse. What was formerly a politics of accommodation, one whose main objective was the avoidance of strife through arrangements and compromises, has become a winner-take-all, zero-sum game.

The conflict is not over who gets what. Rather, it is a conflict over the very character of the polity, a struggle to define Israels collective character.In Israel and the Politics of Jewish Identity Asher Cohen and Bernard Susser show how this transformation has been caused by structural changes in Israels public sphere. Surveying many different levels of public life, they explore the change of Israels politics from a dominant-party system to a balanced two-camp system. They trace the rise of the Haredi parties and the growing consonance of religiosity with right-wing politics.

Other topics include the new Basic Laws on Freedom, Dignity, and Occupation- the effects of massive immigration of secular Jews from the former Soviet Union- the greater emphasis on liberal good government- and the rise of an aggressive investigative press and electronic media.



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