Israel is more egalitarian than a number of other countries at or above its level of wealth. (p. 135) Ezrahi, on the other hand, suggests an opposite trend: "Israel has moved, in recent years, to a place close to the top of the list of countries displaying the largest gaps between rich and poor" (p. 153). The final two sections of the book, on security issues and Zionism and history, respectively, focus more directly on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Dowty's contribution examines negotiations between Israel and the Arab countries and between Israel and the Palestinians. Asher Arian's chapter reports the results of public opinion surveys on the peace proccess. Derek Penslar's concluding chapter seeks to place the analysis of Israeli politics within its appropriate historical and cultural context by urging scholars to link Jewish Studies and Israel Studies. Though I wish that short introductory essays preceded each of the sections to draw out the links among the chapters, the book is a valuable collection of work by established scholars in Israel Studies. The eclecticism of the chapters is both a positive and a negative. Chapters in a more coherent volume would have maintained a theme, a theoretical position, and
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Jul 12, 2006
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