Contemporary Israel: New Insights and Scholarship (Jewish by Frederick E. Greenspahn

By Frederick E. Greenspahn

For a rustic smaller than Vermont, with approximately an analogous inhabitants as Honduras, glossy Israel gets a outstanding volume of cognizance. For supporters, it's a specific bastion of democracy within the heart East, whereas detractors view it as a racist outpost of Western colonialism. The romanticization of Israel grew to become relatively favourite in 1967, whilst its army prowess stunned a Jewish global nonetheless reeling from the experience of powerlessness dramatized via the Holocaust. That imagery has grown ever extra obvious, with Israel’s supporters idealizing its technological achievements and its rivals attributing nearly each challenge within the area, if now not past, to its imperialistic aspirations.
 
The contradictions and competing perspectives of contemporary Israel are the topic of this publication.  There is far to think about approximately sleek Israel along with the center East clash. during the last new release, a considerable physique of scholarship has explored quite a few facets of the rustic, together with its ways to citizenship and immigration, the humanities, the women’s flow, spiritual fundamentalism, and language; yet a lot of that paintings has so far been restricted in the partitions of the academy. This publication doesn't search to not get to the bottom of both the country’s inner debates or its fight with the Arab global, yet to offer a pattern of up to date students’ discoveries and discussions approximately glossy Israel in an available manner. In all of the components mentioned, competing narratives grapple for prominence, and it's those that are highlighted during this quantity.

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