Too little is written about the ethnic-nationalist identity crisis between the State of Israel and its Arab citizens which becomes intensified with every regional event -- from the US invasion of Iraq, to the second Lebanon war. The author addresses this lacunae by providing a detailed account of the situation of the Arab population of Israel: their political and electoral ambitions, their extended families/tribes, their lands, their political personalities, their society, and their hopes for the future. Beginning with the time when the Arabs were encouraged to belong to 'satellite' factions under the auspices of the Labor Party, up to the fiercely nationalist Arab parties of today, former Member of Israel's Knesset and Cabinet Minister, Dr Ra'anan Cohen examines the political changes that have taken place in the Israeli Arab community over recent decades.
His unparalleled viewpoint and access as a researcher, and as former head of the Labour Party's Minorities Commission, provides Israel's decision-makers with meticulously researched data on the political and national challenges that need to be addressed as they take a long overdue look at how better to incorporate Israel's Arab Citizens into the Jewish homeland. This task is deemed by Israeli politicians of all persuasions to be critical to the long-term security of the State of Israel. STRANGERS IN THEIR HOMELAND is essential reading for all people interested and involved in Middle East affairs.
Ra'anan Cohen was born in Iraq and came to Israel as a youth. From an early age he played an active role in Israeli politics and has been a member of consecutive Israeli Knessets (parliaments), in which he held various parliamentary positions, including Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. He also served a term as Secretary General of the Israel Labour Party. Ra'anan Cohen holds a PhD from Tel Aviv University and, having retired from politics, he presently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Industrial Development Bank of Israel.
The Politics of Rift: Models for Analysing the Case of Israel's Arab Citizens; Political Supervision and Co-optation; New Political Movements and Trends; Social Rifts in Arab Politics; Arab Electoral Power; Epilogue: Arabs, Jews and the State of Israel -- The Administration, the Establishment and Arab Citizens.