As it enters the 1990's Israel faces crucial political, economic and social challenges. Its parliamentary system is proving increasingly ineffective, prompting demands for electoral and constitutional reform; its economy is beset by stagnation, inflation and unemployment and its economic difficulties feed and exacerbate existing social and political tensions. This book considers the impact of these problems and their implication for the future direction of Israeli politics and society. Different chapters examine the social and ideological divisions that beset Israel, the roots of the country's economic problems, the dynamics of the Israeli political system and recent developments within political parties.
The nature of Israeli politics and society, Joel Peters. Part I - Challenges and reform: Zionism into its second century - a stock-taking, Mordechai Bar-On; the problem of systematic reform, Yizhak Klein; the Israeli economy in the 1990s - breakout or breakdown, Pinchas Landau. Part II- The Israeli political system: the Isreali political system - a profile, Itzhak Galnoor; the Israeli left, Emanuel Gutman; the Isdraeli right, Ehud Sprinzak; strategies of mobilsation among the Arabs in Israel, Majid Al-Haj. Part III - Issues in Israeli society: Jewish ethnicty in Israel, Sammy Smooha; the ultra-orthodox and Israeli society, Menachem Freidman; the place of women in Israeli society, Juliet J. Pope; civil-military relations. Questions for the future, Keith Kyle; Appendix A - the elction result of 23rd June 1992; Appendix B - the current Israeli government.