Between Consent and Dissent: Democracy and Peace in the Israeli Mind

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - History - 181 pages
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When Israel was officially established as a democratic Jewish state, the resolve to protect and develop Jewish identity and democracy created numerous tensions, particularly as a result of the protracted conflict between Israel and the Arab world. Between Consent and Dissent analyzes the impact of these tensions on the Israeli-Jewish public's commitment to democratic values, its processes, and a peaceful relationship with their neighboring countries. Ephraim Yuchtman-Yaar and Yochanan Peres skillfully demonstrate how the institutional and cultural strengths and weaknesses of Israeli democracy are manifested in the vast social and political sectors within the Jewish community secular and religious, left and right wing, and pro-capitalists and pro-socialist Jews. Backed by meticulously researched empirical data, Yuchtman-Yaar and Peres conclude that, despite its vulnerability, Israel's democracy is here to stay."
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Indices of Democracy and Nationalism
27
DemocracyA Matter of Demography?
47
Ideological Labels and Commitment to Democracy
81
Religiosity and Political Attitudes
107
Democratic Commitment in Wartime
129
What Are You Actually Saying? Summarizing Interview
143
Sources
161
Full QuestionnaireFocused
169
Index
175
About the Authors
181
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Ephraim Yuchtman-Yaar is professor of sociology and social psychology at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Yochanan Peres is professor of sociology at Tel Aviv University in Israel.