Israeli Politics Final Paper

The purpose of this assignment is to focus on comparison between different theories of Israeli politics and application of those theories to the case-studies;

Papers will be evaluated according to their creativity, correct usage of theories, organization, and style. Papers will also be credited for their ability to include citations from the appropriate readings from the course. You may use Wikipedia for finding facts, and you must use course’s material for the analysis of those facts;

Please find Paper Information and Files needed to complete the paper attached. (4-5 pages, 1.5 spaced)

***LONG Paper Spring is the Information File***

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Tel-Aviv University Department of Political Science Course: ISRAELI POLITICS POSC 112-02, 02-May-2019

Instructor: Dr. Evgeni Klauber Thursday, May 02, 2019

 

 

Long Paper (20%)

 

The following are the rules for this assignment:

1. The purpose of this assignment is to focus on comparison between different

theories of Israeli politics and application of those theories to the case-studies; 2. Papers will be evaluated according to their creativity, correct usage of theories,

organization, and style. Papers will also be credited for their ability to include

citations from the appropriate readings from the course. You may use Wikipedia

for finding facts, and you must use course’s material for the analysis of those

facts; 3. The value of this assignment is 20% of the final grade; 4. Type your answer 1.5-spaced, using font Times New Roman, (size 12), wide

margins; 5. All work must be entirely your own, and it will be evaluated according to the

acceptable standards for proper usage of concepts and theories from the

readings; 6. Make sure you write your full name on the first page of the assignment; 7. Your write up must include the following components: one short essay. The

length of the assignment should not exceed 6 pages; 8. The assignment needs to be submitted printed on 23-May-2019, 12:00 to my

mail-box in Naftali building 5 floor (mail boxes in the lobby, mailbox #41), or

it can be emailed to me, in case you leave Israel, together with your flight ticket

scanned and attached.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is your task:

 

Smooha’s notion of Israel as an ‘‘ethnic democracy’’ may be did not flatter Israel as a

liberal democracy, yet it was an attempt to ‘normalize’ Israel and Israeli national identity

by classifying it alongside other democracies that are ‘‘ethnic.’’ Smooha’s model came

under attack from both ‘‘left’’ and ‘‘right’’. The criticism from the left (Yiftachel 1997,

1998, 1999; Peled 1992) considered the concept ‘‘ethnic democracy’’ as a

contradiction in terms and consequently the countries that are ‘‘ethnic’’ as

nondemocratic, or as ‘‘ethnocracies’’ (Yiftachel 1997, 1998, 1999). Peled (1992)

have criticized Smooha’s notion of Israel as an ‘‘ethnic democracy’’ using the notion of

“republican democracy.” The main thrust of Smooha’s critics from the right was the

well known criticism against the civic/ethnic typology of nationalism, which is the idea

that there is no pure civic nationalism, or that there is no ‘‘neutral’’ nation state, and,

that consequently, as Alan Dowty (1999: page 9) observes, “Israel’s link to ethnicity is

not unique.” From this point of view Israel can be seen a Western liberal democracy by

proceduralists such as Neuberger (1997), though maybe stained (Gavison 1999).

 

What are the recent debates regarding Israeli political regime?

1. Open the attached Smooha’s (1990) article on page 393. Go to the paragraph

that starts with “Israel is an ethnic state….” Summarize the ideas in this

paragraph while answering the following question: What are the main features of

“ethnic democracy” and why, according to Smooha (1990) Israel should be

treated as “ethnic democracy.” (2-3 paragraphs). Read the abstract of this

article on page 389, and answer the following question: What are Smooha’s

(1990) solutions to make Israeli democracy into substantial? (1-2 paragraphs).

2. Open the attached Yiftachel’s abstracts compilation on page 1. Go to the

abstract on page 1 of this document, named: Yiftachel, O. (1997) ‘Israeli

Society and Jewish-Palestinian Reconciliation: Ethnocracy and Its Territorial

Contradictions’, Middle East Journal, Vol. 51: 505-519. Summarize the ideas

in this paragraph (abstract) while answering the following question: What are

main features of “ethnocracy,” and why, according to Yiftachel (1997)

ethnocracy threatens Israeli-Arab reconciliation?” (2-3 paragraphs). Use my

PPT presentation on Ethnocracy (in your e-mails).

3. Open the attached Peled’s (1992) article on page 433. Go to the paragraph

that starts with “Unlike the liberal citizen, who is the passive bearer…”

Summarize the ideas in this paragraph and the five following paragraphs, while

answering the following question: What are main features of republicanism (civic

virtue) and why, according to Peled (1992), ethnic minorities are marginalized

in Western democratic societies?” (3-4 paragraphs).

4. Open the attached Gavison’s (1999) article on page 11 (of the PDF file). Go

to the section named “Further thoughts about democracy in Israel.” Read ALL

paragraphs of this section (till the end of the article on the next page).

Summarize the ideas in this section while answering the following question: How

does Gavison (1999) treats Israeli political regime? What are Gavison’s (1999)

solutions to make Israeli democracy into substantial one? (4-6 paragraphs).

 

 

 

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5. Open the attached Dowty’s (1999) article on pages 9-10. Go to the section

that starts with “Does the existence of a broader Arab-Israeli conflict make

Israel’s minority issue unique?” Summarize the ideas on pages 9-10 while

answering the following question: How would Dowty (1999) classify Israeli

Political Regime? (4-6 paragraphs).

6. Add your own opinion (2-3 paragraphs).

 

Good luck!

 
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