This introductory course will provide students with theoretical frameworks and empirical knowledge about myriad issues in Israeli politics. The course will examine the Israeli political systems from a comparative prism within the context of political theories. We will discuss, among other thing, the politics and history of the Israeli political system, cleavages and social tension in the Israeli society, the Israel-Arab conflict, religion-state relationships and the political institutions in Israel (electoral systems, coalitions, the Supreme Court).
The course will have a midterm exam (40% of the final grade) and a final exam (50% of the final grade). Class participation will count for the remaining 10% of the grade.
The purpose of this course is to provide basic theoretical and empirical knowledge about politics and government in Israel. Among other topics, the course deals with theoretical approaches to the study of Israeli society, with the political history of Israel's governmental institutions, with the relations between elites and various groups in society, with social cleavages and tension points, with national security, with the Israeli-Palestinian-Arab conflict, with the relations between state and religion and with the Palestinian minority in Israel.