Regional policy and minority attitudes in Israel

O. Yiftachel, H. L. Yone

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A relatively underresearched aspect of Israel's planning policies in the Galilee region is examined: the attitudes of the local Arab population towards these policies. Israel's policies are reviewed, with particular attention to their spatial, economic, and procedural elements. Then a report is given on an attitudinal survey conducted in 1990 among 137 Arab councillors in the Upper Galilee region. Examination of Arab attitudes shows that they are clearly influenced by the changing milieu in which the Arabs live, where Israel's policies and their spatial consequences play a key role. Further statistical analysis shows that Arab attitudes are most significantly associated with the following consequences of Israel's politices in the region: the extent of land loss, proximity to new Jewish settlements, and exposure to a high level of combined control measures exercised by Israeli authorities. The survey shows that Arab attitudes in the Galilee are characterised by parallel strands of frustration (due mainly to a sense of deprivation), Dissatisfaction, and determination, although a measure of pragmatism is also evident. The emotional and factual bases of Arab attitudes point to a likelihood of increasing levels of conflict between Galilee Arabs and Israeli athorities, if future policies fail to address interethnic gaps in the region. -Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1281-1301
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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