Israel After Begin

Edited by Gregory S. Mahler

Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Paperback : 9780791403686, 357 pages, October 1990
Hardcover : 9780791403679, 357 pages, October 1990

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Table of contents

1. Israel After Begin
Gregory S. Mahler

Part One: Beginism, the Rule of Law, and the Radical Right in Israel

2. The Legacy of Begin and Beginism for the Israeli Political System
Ilan Peleg

3. Illegalism in Israeli Political Culture: Theoretical and Historical Footnotes to the Pollard Affair and the Shin Beth Cover Up
Ehud Sprinzak

4. Tehiya as a Permanent Nationalist Phenomenon
Aaron D. Rosenbaum

Part Two: Israel's National Security and Foreign Policy

5. Israeli National Security in the 1980s: The Crisis of Overload
Avner Yaniv

6. Israeli-Soviet Relations Under the National Unity Government
Robert O. Freedman

7. Israel in the Middle East
Laurie Mylroie

8. Israel and Morocco: The Political Calculus of a "Moderate" Arab State
Mark A. Tessler

9. The Guarded Relationship Between Israel and Egypt
Ann M. Lesch

10. The Not-so-Silent Partnership: Emerging Trends in American Jewish-Israeli Relationships
George E. Gruen

Part Three: The Domestic Political Environment

11. The Party's Just Begun: Herut Activists in Power and After Begin
Alan S. Zuckerman, Hanna Herzog, and Michal Shamir

12. Better Late than Never: Democratization in the Labor Party
Myron J. Aronoff

13. Beyond the Begin Revolution: Recent Developments in Israel's Religious Parties
Gary S. Schiff

14. Israel's Economic Policy in the Post-Begin Era
Yakir Plessner





This book focuses on the nature of Israeli politics in the 'post-Begin' era. It examines significant contemporary issues such as the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon; the harnessing of the enormous inflation rate; the escalating tension between religious and secular Israeli Jews; the widening influence of radical right wing activist Rabbi Meir Kahane; the fluctuating relationship between Israel and the U. S.; the survival of the Likud Party; and changes in national electoral strategies of the major parties. It places recent events in Israeli politics in a historical context and suggests what the implications of these events might be for the future.


"The book is not just interesting—it is exciting. It was a pleasure to read, and I recommend it without hesitation. " — Donna Robinson Divine, Smith College

"I found this to be a valuable chronicle not only of politics in Israel in the immediate post-Begin era, but also in regard to Israeli politics now and in the coming decade. " — Jerrold D. Green, University of Arizona