04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W
West Building 1007
Section Information for Spring 2016
This course offers both a general survey of contemporary Israel and also an opportunity to study some aspects of this subject in depth. By the end of the semester each student is expected to have acquired a historical understanding of modern Israel -- its political, social and economic systems, religious dimension, the basic determinants of the Arab-Israeli dispute, Israel's international relations, including the role of the Jewish Diaspora, and American-Israeli relations. Also, watershed events in Jewish and Israeli life will be examined: anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and its impact, nationalism, absorption of mass-immigration into Israeli society, war and diplomacy, including the Camp David, Israel-P.L.O. and the Israel-Jordan agreements, the Palestinian uprising and the quest for peace. The course will conclude with an examination of the socio-economic protest movement emerged in the summer/fall of 2011, the impact of the Arab Spring on Israel’s current geo-strategic position in the Middle East and the summer 2014 war in Gaza.
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