Transforming israeli democracy under stress

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This chapter presents an analysis of Israeli democracy, its political institutions and their shortcomings, and proposals for electoral reform. An understanding of Israeli democracy requires a review of events in the pre-state period. It was during the late 19th century in Eastern Europe that a Zionist movement evolved to establish a Jewish homeland in Ottoman Palestine. Under Ottoman and later British authority, which allowed a significant degree of communal self rule, the Zionist enterprise developed an infrastructure for the future Jewish state. On November 29,1947, the United Nations (UN) partitioned Palestine; a UN resolution called for the establishment of separate independent Jewish and Arab states and the internationalization of Jerusalem. Consensus was lacking as religious Jews opposed adopting a constitution not based on Jewish religious law. Israel is a representative “indirect democracy in which the people do not themselves govern but elect representatives who govern them”.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInstitutions and Democratic Statecraft
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780429968327
ISBN (Print)0813366925, 9780813366920
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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