A nation divided

Hirschberg, Peter
July 2004
New Statesman;7/12/2004, Vol. 133 Issue 4696, p25
Focuses on the Israel's varied population and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is influencing the country's political and social development. Significance of a protest by Vicki Knafo over the Likud government's decision on welfare; Idea that the disputed settlements in West Bank and Gaza could lead Israel into an apartheid-like situation with a Jewish minority and Arab majority; The perceived threat from Palestinians and other conflicts in Israel's society; The immigration of persecuted Jews from Arab countries and the Soviet Union; Mistreatment of Mizrahi Jews by the Ashkenazi establishment, which is said to be the dominant elite; Background on Israel's effort to define itself as a Jewish state with the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate; The impact of "status quo" on secular Jews; Persistence of violence between ultra-Orthodox Jews and secular Israelis; A football game that offered optimism regarding relations between Jews and Israeli Arabs; How Arab Israelis feel they are second-class citizens and identify with Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza; Concern of Israelis that failure to give up the occupied territories could lead to the downfall of Israel because of a perceived threat from binationalism.


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