Israel at the Polls 2003

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Shmuel Sandler, M. Benjamin Mollov, Jonathan Rynhold
Psychology Press, 2005 - History - 289 pages
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Israel's 2003 election took place against the background of a deteriorating security situation (due to Palestinian violence and the impending US War in Iraq) and severe disillusionment with the Oslo peace process. The election, which brought about a decisive victory of the Likud Party and Ariel Sharon, took place amidst strong accusations of corruption and the virtual collapse of the Israeli left. The election also featured the rise of the anti-clerical Shinui party, which resulted in the exclusion of the ultra-Orthodox parties from the new coalition. In this volume, leading Israeli political scientists explore the main actors and processes that shaped the election and its outcome.

This book was previously published as a special issue of the journal Israel Affairs.
 

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Contents

Whose Victory? An empirical analysis of the popular votes for
20
The Electoral Collapse of the Israeli doves
36
Shinuis Attempt to Capture the Centre of Israeli politics
56
Change Shinui in the centre
73
Shas in Israels 2003 elections
98
The Influence of the AlAqsa intifada on the Arab vote in the 2003
130
The Israeli Russian community and immigrants party politics
146
The Peace Process and the Israeli elections
181
External Influences on Israels 2003 election
205
Worth an Agora? 2003 Election Party Sites and Public Discourse
242
The Ambivalence of Israeli public
263
Index
277
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SHMUEL SANDLER is Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University in Israel and a Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Jonathan Rynhold is the director of the Argov Center for the Study of the Jewish People and the State of Israel in the Political Studies Department at Bar-Ilan University, where he is also a senior researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Dr Rynhold's research focuses on Israeli and American approaches toward the Middle East peace process. His work has been published in numerous academic journals, including Political Science Quarterly, Survival, and the Review of International Studies. He has also co-edited two volumes on Israeli elections in the Israel at the Polls series and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Fathom.

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