Israel: Challenges to Identity, Democracy, and the State

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Glossary
Agaf Modi'in Israeli Military Intelligence, and more commonly known by its Hebrew acronym of Aman.
Aliyah (pl. Aliyot) Term translated literally as 'ascent' and used to describe any Jewish migration to Israel.
Arba Imahud The Four Mothers Movement. Formed in 1997, this movement campaigned successfully for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from south Lebanon.
Eretz Yisrael The Land of Israel. A term originally of spiritual significance, it has increasingly been used to describe Jewish sovereignty over the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Gush Emunim Bloc of the Faithful. Settler movement founded in the wake of Israel's slow disengagement from Egyptian forces in the Sinai peninsula in 1974. It aimed to forestall any government concessions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by expanding existing settlements and establishing new ones.
Haganah Defence. The main military arm of the pre-state yishuv and closely affiliated with Socialist Zionism.
Halacha Religious law derived from the interpretation of sacred Judaic texts.
Ha Mossad LeModi'in U'Letafkidim Meyuhadim Institute for Intelligence and Special Duties. The foreign intelligence agency of Israel, more commonly known as Mossad or 'The Institute'.
Haredi (pl. Haredim) Generic term used to describe a member of the Ultra-Orthodox community.
Haskalah A nineteenth-century movement of enlightenment that tried to combine some elements of Jewish tradition with modern secular thought.
Histadrut The General Federation of Labour. Formed in 1920, it remains Israel's largest single labour union, although the political power it enjoyed has been significantly reduced.
Intifada (Arabic) The Palestinian uprising in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank and Gaza which began in December 1987 and finally petered out following the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. The term

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Preface xix
  • Glossary xxiii
  • 1 - The Weight of History 1
  • 2 - Political Structures and Social Processes 31
  • 3 - Trials, Triumphs and Tigers 61
  • 4 - A Place Among the Nations 91
  • 5 - Conclusion 123
  • 6 - Epilogue 133
  • Select Bibliography 137
  • Index 143
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