SUNY series in Israeli Studies

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California Dreaming

Multidisciplinary study of the citrus industry in Palestine before World War II.

Rethinking Contemporary Warfare

Examines the combat experience of Israel’s ground forces in the Al-Aqsa Intifada in order to offer a set of innovative concepts for understanding irregular warfare.

Nixon and Israel

New insights into the cementing of the American-Israeli relationship during the Nixon years.

Foreign Workers in Israel

Explores how the entry of migrant workers into Israel raises questions beyond just those of the labor market.

Nahum Goldmann

Explores the life and career of one of the twentieth century’s most colorful Zionist leaders.

Coming Home

Examines the social and cultural integration of Russian-speaking Jews and Germans who immigrated to their respective historic homelands.

Jewish Fundamentalism and the Temple Mount

Examines radical and messianic movements in Israel seeking to rebuild the Third Temple in Jerusalem.

The Politics of Regime Structure Reform in Democracies

Analyzes initiatives aimed at reforming the electoral and government systems of Israel in comparison to other established democracies.

Judicial Power and National Politics

Uses the case of Israel to examine the circumstances that lead national courts to engage heated political issues.

Zion in the Desert

The first book about the only two Reform Movement kibbutzim in Israel.

Building Trust

Challenges conventional assumptions about how international rivals form trusting relationships.

Israeli Backpackers

Examines the backpacking trip usually taken by Israeli youth following military service.

The International Self

Uses a social-psychoanalytic model to argue that collective identity shapes foreign policy changes.

Converging Alternatives

The first comparative study of two major Jewish labor movements.

The Watchman Fell Asleep

Examines how Israel was caught by surprise in the opening stages of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Sappho in the Holy Land

Essays on the experience of lesbians in contemporary Israeli society.

Israel on the Couch

Applies clinical pyschology to explain the dynamics of the Middle East peace process.

Ideology, Party Change, and Electoral Campaigns in Israel, 1965-2001

Explores the turbulent changes in Israel party politics since the mid-1960s.

Traditions and Transitions in Israel Studies

Introduces the cutting edge issues and current scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of Israel Studies.

The Occupation of Justice

A critical examination of the decisions of the Supreme Court of Israel in cases relating to the Occupied Territories.

The Elections in Israel 1999

Considers the impact of the 1999 Israeli elections.

The Melting Pot in Israel

Covers early Israeli education policy regarding immigrant populations.

Policy Making at the Margins of Government

Traces the almost century-long struggle between Israel's largest healthcare provider, Kupat Holim, and successive Israeli governments.

Debating Islam in the Jewish State

Covers Israel's policy toward Islamic institutions within its borders, 1948-2000.

Israeli Planners and Designers

In their own words, the stories of the men and women who are the planners, architects, community organizers--the hidden builders--of the modern state of Israel.

The Palestinian-Arab Minority in Israel, 1948-2000

Examines the difficulties of Palestinian-Arab political life in Israel.

Through the Lens of Israel

Essays on the formation of Israeli state and society during the twentieth century.

Negotiating Jerusalem

Explores the beliefs, attitudes, and values of ordinary Palestinians and Israeli Jews asking the question: Is it possible to reach a negotiated resolution to the Jerusalem question?

The Military and Militarism in Israeli Society

Investigates the cultural and social constructions of issues related to war, the armed forces, and national security in Israel.

Constructing Boundaries

An interdisciplinary study discussing the impact of the national crisis in Mandatory Palestine on relations between Jewish and Arab workers and their respective labor movements.

Kibbutzniks in the Diaspora

Explores the search for identity under changing conditions by examining the lives of kibbutz-born young people living in L.A.

Review Essays in Israel Studies

Introduces the cutting edge issues and current scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of Israel Studies.

The Elections in Israel 1996

Leading American and Israeli social scientists discuss the precedent-setting events of Israel’s 1996 elections.

Dialogue, Conflict Resolution, and Change

Explores Arab-Jewish encounters and relations in Israel from both conflict resolution and educational perspectives.

Countdown to Statehood

A study of Palestinian state formation in comparison to Zionist experiences.

Crime and Criminal Justice in Israel

Offers insights into the criminal justice system and the field of criminology in Israel.

The Middle East Peace Process

A comprehensive, interdisciplinary look at the history of and complex issues surrounding the peace process in the Middle East.

Trial and Error

Questions the commonly accepted view that Israel's military policies were formed in direct response to Arab states' hostility and argues for a historical linkage between Israel's changing military posture and the development of an inequitable Israeli social structure.

The Jewishness of Israelis

Analyzes a recent report on a survey of the religious beliefs and behavior of Israeli Jews, and of the intense public debate that it produced.

Crisis and Transformation

Examines kibbutz life following the Israeli economic crisis of 1985, focusing on the kibbutz's dramatic transformation from a well-defined social structure to a collective identified principally by its cultural preoccupations.

Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Religion, and Government

Original review essays that provide critical commentary on recently published books and films on Israeli society, culture, politics, and religion.

Between the Flag and the Banner

This first comprehensive study of the political life of Israeli women looks at political participation, political identity, women's political organizations, and public policy regarding women.

Wars, Internal Conflicts, and Political Order

The first comprehensive analysis of the effect the prolonged Arab-Israeli conflict has had on state and society in Israel.

Exile from Exile

The standard histories of Israeli literature limit the canon, virtually ignoring those who came to Israel from Jewish communities in the Middle East. By focusing on the work of Iraqi-born authors, this ...

Conscience at War

An exploration of the moral and intellectual conflict of Israeli citizens who have resisted military service, and of how they justify their choices of action.

Israel in Comparative Perspective

Challenges the social-science image of Israel as a historical peculiarity by situating Israel's history in comparative context; by building bridges between Israel and other Middle Eastern states; and by using the Israeli case to reconsider existing social science theories and correct common misperceptions about the comparative method.

Professionals against Populism

Based on Shimon Peres's private papers, investigates the role of professionals--attorneys, strategic experts, and economists--in Israel's national unity government of 1984-1986 and assesses their impact on government policy.

Utopia in Zion

A historical, sociological, and economic analysis of urban worker cooperatives in contemporary Israel.

Israel

This book provides new interpretations and research findings, from a wide spectrum of viewpoints, on Israel's formative first decade of independence.

The Changing Agenda of Israeli Sociology

Offers the first systematic and comprehensive overview of sociological thought in Israel, and pleads for a new agenda that would shift the focus from nation building to democratic and egalitarian citizenship formation.

Regional Security Regimes

This book shows that as Israel is gradually being accepted by the Arab world, pure security considerations are becoming more important in the Arab-Israeli relationship, and "security regimes" between Israel and neighboring countries can foster moderation and cooperation.

Education, Empowerment, and Control

Education, Empowerment, and Control is about the education of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel from the establishment of the state of Israel to the present. Using a comparative approach, the study ...

The Partition of Palestine

Some seventy-five years after the boundaries of the British Mandate for Palestine were set, the State of Israel still lacks a defined territory and agreed-upon boundaries, except for its boundary with ...

The Elections in Israel 1992

As the momentum toward peace in the Middle East surges and wanes, the intensity of politics in Israel takes on added relevance. There can be little doubt that the historic Israel-PLO peace accord could ...

Israel and the Peace Process 1977-1982

Examines the Egyptian-Israeli peace negotiations and settlement and their implications for understanding the peacemaking process.

Critical Essays on Israeli Social Issues and Scholarship

Critical Essays on Israeli Social Issues and Scholarship is part of a series of review volumes sponsored by the Association for Israel Studies and published by SUNY Press that provides a framework for ...

The Political Economy of Israel

This book constitutes the first attempt at a comprehensive description, history, and analysis of Israel's economy. Plessner examines events of the past two decades and advances the hypothesis that problems ...

Local Communities and the Israeli Polity

This book represents the first systematic effort to analyze the role of local communities and regions in Israel's national politics. Traditionally portrayed as either elitist and highly centralized, or ...

Politics and Policy Implementation

This book analyzes how the political system influences domestic policy implementation in Israel. It shows how coalition politics, party dominated ministries, an independent and fragmented Jewish Agency, ...

Urban Social Movements in Jerusalem

Hasson explores the development of eight urban protest organizations in Israel, revealing how social deprivation is transformed into organized patterns of activity. To investigate how and why urban movements ...

Society and Settlement

This book scrutinizes the interrelationships between Jewish spatial organization and social structure and change in Palestine/Israel. Kellerman analyzes the development of nationwide and regional settlements, ...

Jewish Civilization

This book explains why the best way to understand the Jewish historical experience is to look at Jewish people, not just as a religious or ethnic group or a nation or "people," but, as bearers of civilization. ...

Despair and Deliverance

The author examines the varieties of religious and secular salvation that have recently appeared in Israel as evidence for Israelis' willingness to embrace private salvation in the face of immense cultural ...

Pioneers and Homemakers

This book deals with the experience and action of Jewish women in the new Jewish settlement in Palestine (the Yishuv) during the period of Zionist immigration to Palestine, from the last two decades of ...

The Politics and Strategy of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East

Based on research from an array of American, Arab, British, French, German, and Israeli sources, this book provides a nuclear history of the world's most explosive region. Most significantly, it gives ...

Wildfire

Wildfire is a wide-ranging, inter-disciplinary study of the "other side" of Israeli public life. Because the governmental service systems work poorly, and political protest has proved to be largely ineffective, ...

Land of Paradoxes

This book examines the structure of Israeli interest groups, their strategies, their effectiveness, and their relations with state organizations and political parties. It addresses such important questions ...

Split Corporatism in Israel

This books examines the structural constraints and dynamic processes of Israel's political economy by a unique combination of neo-corporatist and dual market approaches. Grinberg demonstrates that this ...

Tradition, Innovation, Conflict

This book examines religion in Israeli society: what it is and how it functions. Here is a clear picture of how Judaism provides a matrix of continuity for Israeli society notwithstanding a wide diversity ...

The Road to Power

This is a clearly conceived, meticulously executed, and lucidly written study of the Herut Party, and it will stand for many years as the definitive study of its subject. Its major strength is the account ...

Ancient and Modern Israel

This book identifies and examines those parallels between ancient and modern Israel that help to clarify the conflicts apparent in modern Israel. It discusses such contemporary issues as the Arab uprising ...

Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Politics, and Culture

Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Politics, and Culture is the second volume in a series devoted to imaginative and critical consideration of recent books on Israel. It is a forum allowing some of the ...

Israel After Begin

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 ...

Interest Groups and Political Change in Israel

This book challenges the conventional view of Israeli politics as an ideological, stron party system. Focusing on three important and influential interest groups, the Gush Emunim, the Ihud kibbutz federation, ...

The Saint of Beersheba

Weingrod presents an anthropological study of the development of a new Jewish saint, or zaddikin Israel and of the annual pilgrimage to his enshrined grave by thousands of North African Jews. It is the ...

Trouble in Utopia

This book provides a thorough and detailed examination of Israeli institutions and how they function. It explains the decline in effectiveness of the government and the spread of cultural malaise in the ...

Transition to Adulthood During Military Service

This is a developmental study of men in mandatory military service based on indepth interviews of young soldiers who had recently completed their service in Israel. The book deals with the central issues ...

Pulling Strings

This is a book about the use of personal influence, protektzia, in Israel. All over the world, in both democratic and socialist societies, there exists some degree of recognition of the rights of citizens ...

The Israeli State and Society

This book provides a unique mosaic of the most recent processes and phenomena which explains Israel factually as well as theoretically. It offers a new conceptual framework for analysing the relationships ...

The Politics of Provocation

Examines street demonstrations from 1980 through 1984.

Books on Israel, Volume I

Books on Israel provides professional students of Israel and the general public with an informative and up-to-date survey of books and ideas about Israeli society—ethnic relations, religious life, cultural ...