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A History of Modern Israel,9781107671775

A History of Modern Israel

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2nd
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9781107671775

ISBN10:
1107671779
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/31/2013
Publisher(s):
Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

Colin Shindler's remarkable history begins in 1948, as waves of immigrants arrived in Israel from war-torn Europe to establish new cities, new institutions, and a new culture founded on the Hebrew language. Optimistic beginnings were soon replaced with the sobering reality of wars with Arab neighbours, internal ideological differences, and ongoing confrontation with the Palestinians. The author paints a broad canvas that affords unusual insights into Israel's multicultural society, forged from more than one hundred different Jewish communities and united by a common history. In this updated edition, Shindler covers the significant developments of the last decade, including the rise of the Israeli far right, Hamas's takeover and the political rivalry between Gaza and the West Bank, Israel's uneasy dealings with the new administration in the United States, political Islam, the expansion of the Jewish settlements on the West Bank and the potential impact of the Arab Spring on the region as a whole. This sympathetic yet candid portrayal asks how a nation that emerged out of the ashes of the Holocaust and was the admiration of the world is now perceived by many Western governments in a less than benevolent light.

Table of Contents

Zionism and security
The Hebrew republic
New immigrants and first elections
The politics of piety
Retaliation or self-restraint
The rise of the right
The road to Beirut
Dissent at home and abroad
An insurrection before a handshake
The end of ideology?
The killing of a prime minister
The magician and the bulldozer
He does not stop at the red light
An unlikely grandfather
A brotherly conflict
Bialik's bequest?
Stagnation and isolationism
An Arab spring and an Israeli winter?
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