Description - Contemporary Israel by Robert O. Freedman
Since its formation in 1948, and particularly since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin in 1995, Israel has experienced turbulent political change and numerous ongoing security challenges, including major party splits, collapsed peace talks with the Palestinians and Syria, nuclear threats from Iran, and even the specter of civil war as Israel withdrew from Gaza. This essential survey brings together Israeli and American scholars to provide a much-needed balanced introduction to Israels domestic politics and foreign policy. Experts tackle this difficult subject in three parts: domestic politics, foreign policy challenges, and strategic challenges. Domestic topics include the Israeli Right and Left; religious, Russian, and Arab parties; the Supreme Court; and the economy. Part two discusses Israels complicated and often fractious relationships with the Palestinians and the Arab world, as well as its improved relations with Turkey and India and continuing close relationship with the United States. Israels second Lebanon war and existential threats to Israel, including the threat from Iran, are detailed in part three.
This compelling and authoritative coverage provides students with the necessary framework to understand Israels political past and present, as well as the direction it is likely to take in the future.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Robert O. Freedman
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"Robert O. Freedman is Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Baltimore Hebrew University and visiting professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics and Russian foreign policy. He is a past president of the Association for Israel Studies and is a consultant to the US government. He is the author or editor of twenty books, among them Israel in the Begin Era, Israel Under Rabin, and Israel's First Fifty Years.