Social, Cultural and Political Schisms in Israeli Society
Author: Moshe Lissak
August 31, 2000
This chapter discusses the nature of Israel’s social, cultural, and political schisms and assesses the changes that have occurred in them over the years. The discussion focuses on interrelations among four sectors: Jews and Arabs; religious/haredi (“ultraorthodox”) and non-religious Jews; and Jews of European origin (Ashkenazim) and those from Islamic countries (Mizrahim). Finally, we describe in general terms the development of the former-Soviet immigrant community, which is oscillating between two inclinations: to integrate into nonimmigrant Israeli society and to maintain its own cultural tradition, within limits that are defined to one extent or another.
This publication is in Hebrew only.