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Israel's Security and Its Arab Citizens

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  • Date Published: October 2011
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107010970

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  • Although a rich literature combining international relations and domestic political developments has recently emerged, most works specializing in state-minority relations, nationalism, citizenship, and human rights have not integrated insights from the field of international relations and security affairs into their analysis. This absence is nowhere more visible than in the study of relations between the Israeli state and its Arab/Palestinian minority. This book aims to bring (back) international relations and international security perspectives into the analysis of relations between the Israeli state and its Arab minority. Drawing on international relations theory, it argues that the relationship between the Israeli state and the predominant community, as in many other cases characterized by ethno-national cleavage, was heavily influenced by the state's broader regional geo-strategic security situation. State policies toward Israel's Arab citizens moderated in the rare times of relative geo-strategic security and hardened when Israel's regional position became more precarious.

    • One of the few books focusing on the relationship between the state of Israel and its Arab minorities that draws on international relations theory
    • The book should be of interest then to the many more general scholars who are interested in the relationship between foreign affairs and domestic politics, especially regarding minorities, as well as students of ethnicity and nationalism
    • The book is jargon-free and therefore attractive to the educated layman and undergraduate student
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “The status of Israel's Arabs has become an increasingly contentious political issue in Israel, and Frisch offers an informed, insightful, and fresh look at how Israel's security situation shapes policies and public attitudes toward this important minority community. Israel's Security and its Arab Citizens weaves together perspectives from international relations and domestic politics, offering lessons on what is unique regarding Israel's circumstances and what is generalizable to other divided societies in a dangerous threat environment.”
    – Daniel Byman, Georgetown University; Senior Fellow, Saban Center, The Brookings Institution; author of A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism

    “This is a solid study of the relationship between the State of Israel and its Arab citizens. While Frisch is sensitive to the problems encountered by Israel's Arabs, as a minority within Israel, he also expertly analyzes the security and political challenges which they pose to Israel.”
    – Robert O. Freedman, Johns Hopkins University

    “Israel’s Security and Its Arab Citizens offers an authoritative treatment of a major issue in the politics of the Middle East that has received relatively light attention. The book’s central argument, derived from classic works on the state and public policy, is that Israel’s relationship to its Arab minority is connected to its sense of threat and security fears. The research in this book establishes the importance of external insecurity in accounting for authoritarianism and intolerance toward minorities in Israel, most notably its Arab citizens. This book is essential reading for those interesting in comparative and international politics regarding the Middle East and beyond.”
    – Patrick James, University of Southern California

    "Frisch draws on theoretical studies relating to ethnic divisions and national security and stresses the inseparability of domestic and international politics...The author demonstrates a high level of competency in research and analysis...Summing Up: Recommended." -G.E. Perry, emeritus, Indiana State University, CHOICE Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107010970
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Israel and its Arab citizens: perspectives and argument
    2. Israel's security profile and state-minority relations: an historical overview
    3. State policies towards Israel's Palestinians
    4. The domestic politics of Israel's Arab citizens
    5. Extra-parliamentary organizations, patterns of protest and terrorism
    6. Israeli Arab identity: commemorating the nabka
    7. The PLO, the PA, and Israel's Arab citizens
    8. Identifying with the enemy: Israel's Arab citizens and the Arab world
    9. Israeli Arab political demands and Israeli security
    10. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Hillel Frisch, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
    Hillel Frisch is an associate professor in the Departments of Political Studies and Middle East Studies in Bar-Ilan University and Senior Research Associate at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies. His latest books are The Palestinian Military between Militias and Armies and Islamic Radicalism and International Security: Challenges and Response, co-edited with Efraim Inbar. He has published extensively in leading journals in political science and Middle East studies. His most recent articles include a commentary in International Security on whether terrorist organizations are rational and articles on Islamic radicalism and Arab nationalism, the persistence of monarchies and the demise of the PLO, which appeared in Critical Review, the Review of International Studies and Political Science Quarterly, respectively.

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