Although a rich literature combining international relations and domestic political developments has recently emerged, most works specializing in state-minority relations, nationalism, citizenship and human rights have not integrated insights from the field of international relations and security affairs into their analysis. This absence is nowhere more visible than in the study of relations between the Israeli state and its Arab/Palestinian minority. This book aims to bring (back) international relations and international security perspectives into the analysis of relations between the Israeli state and its Arab minority. Drawing on international relations theory, it argues that the relationship between the Israeli state and the predominant community, as in many other cases characterized by ethno-national cleavage, was heavily influenced by the state's broader regional geo-strategic security situation. State policies toward Israel's Arab citizens moderated in the rare times of relative geo-strategic security and hardened when Israel's regional position became more precarious.
Hillel Frisch is an associate professor in the Departments of Political Studies and Middle East Studies in Bar-Ilan University and Senior Research Associate at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies. His latest books are The Palestinian Military between Militias and Armies and Islamic Radicalism and International Security: Challenges and Response, co-edited with Efraim Inbar. He has published extensively in leading journals in political science and Middle East studies. His most recent articles include a commentary in International Security on whether terrorist organizations are rational and articles on Islamic radicalism and Arab nationalism, the persistence of monarchies and the demise of the PLO, which appeared in Critical Review, the Review of International Studies and Political Science Quarterly, respectively.
1. Israel and its Arab citizens: perspectives and argument; 2. Israel's security profile and state-minority relations: an historical overview; 3. State policies towards Israel's Palestinians; 4. The domestic politics of Israel's Arab citizens; 5. Extra-parliamentary organizations, patterns of protest and terrorism; 6. Israeli Arab identity: commemorating the nabka; 7. The PLO, the PA, and Israel's Arab citizens; 8. Identifying with the enemy: Israel's Arab citizens and the Arab world; 9. Israeli Arab political demands and Israeli security; 10. Conclusion.