Israeli Institutions at the Crossroads

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Raphael Cohen-Almagor
Psychology Press, 2005 - History - 204 pages
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This is a fascinating collection of essays about Israeli society and its institutions. It is written by practitioners who have experience and understanding, who are equipped with the insight and knowledge, and who bore responsibility while serving the public in the various institutions. Among the authors are former State President Yitzhak Navon, former cabinet minister Gad Yaakobi, former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Naomi Chazan, former Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein, Former Supreme Court President Meir Shamgar, the State Comptroller Eliezer Goldberg, and former member of the Press Council Raphael Cohen-Almagor. The decision-makers provide fresh, practical observations and personal, valuable accounts of their respective roles.

The book aims to tackle timely concerns, analyzing the relationships between democracy and bureaucracy, the military-political complex, the issue of separation of powers in democracy and more specifically the role of the Supreme Court, and the need for a written, solid constitution. It also discusses citizenship education.

The book will be useful to researchers on Israeli democracy, students, teachers, historians, sociologists, political scientists and legal scholars who wish to better understand this fascinating society and its institutions.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Citizenship Education in Israel A JewishDemocratic State
29
The IDFs Influence Over
50
On the Need for a Constitution
71
Formal Authority and Personal Experience
85
The Government
102
The Knesset
118
VI
143
Particularistic Considerations and the Absence of Strategic
160
The Press Council
171
Israeli Institutions at the Crossroads
188
Notes on contributors
194
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About the author (2005)

Raphael Cohen-Almagor is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Haifa in Israel.

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