An American Political Scientist in Israel

An American Political Scientist in Israel : From Athens to Jerusalem

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This book recounts the author's meetings with some of Israel's political and intellectual leaders after he immigrated to Israel in 1976. He reveals the flawed mentality of Israel's elites and their policy of 'land for peace.' Contributing to this failure is Israel's unstable system of multi-party cabinet government and the country's lack of a written Constitution. Eidelberg offers a Jewish-democratic version of the American Constitution, whose Hebraic roots were recognized by learned men of the eighteenth more

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  • Hardback | 222 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 703.06g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739148907
  • 9780739148907

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In An American Political Scientist in Israel Paul Eidelberg powerfully illuminates the problems and deficiencies of contemporary Israeli politics. According to this thoroughgoing inquiry, the deficiencies are deeply rooted in both ideological and institutional weaknesses. A pervasive moral relativism infects policy- making, leading to unprincipled decisions on vital matters, and a dysfunctional multi- party system renders the government incapable of coherent and decisive action. Eidelberg views the subject from two perspectives: his devotion to the historic promise of Judaism, and his political science profession. Readers will find much to think about on questions theological, philosophic, and psychological. -- Harry Clor, Department of Political Science Kenyon College Department of Political Science Kenyon College Department of Political Sc This book is full of brilliantly unfashionable and often simply indispensable advice for both Israel and America. Eidelberg is justly celebrated for his singular, erudite, and deeply serious insight-one that brings together politics, philosophy, and theology into a humanly worthy whole. And this book is surely the most and masterful of his contributions to a political science adequate to the crises of our times. -- Peter A. Lawler, Berry College What can America teach Israel? And what can Israel teach America? Thirty-five years ago American political scientist Paul Eidelberg chose to live and teach in Jerusalem, placing himself physically and intellectually at the center of these questions. Weaving together his characteristic clear-headed analysis and constructive policy recommendations with accounts of his conversations with high-ranking Israeli officials, he offers the conclusions of a lifetime's work on behalf of his two countries, just as they have reached a crisis in their longstanding alliance. -- Will Morrisey, Hillsdale Collegeshow more

About Paul Eidelberg

Professor Paul Eidelberg is the founder and president of The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy and on the Advisory Council of the Ariel Center for Policy more

Table of contents

1 Acknowledgments 2 Prologue. What Israel Means to Me Chapter 3 1. My Talks with Israeli Leaders: A Question of Truth Chapter 4 2. Sadat's Strategy Chapter 5 3. Camp David and Statecraft Chapter 6 4. Self-Determination Chapter 7 5. The Fixation of Israel's Elites on "Land for Peace" Chapter 8 6. Demophrenia Chapter 9 7. The UN-PLO Axis of Evil: Part I Chapter 10 8. The UN-PLO Axis of Evil: Part II Chapter 11 9. Ideological and Political Dissonance Chapter 12 10. Politics, the Art of the Possible 13 Acknowledgements 14 Bibliography 15 Indexshow more