Israel Studies Review

Oded Haklai, Queen's University (Ontario), Canada
Adia Mendelson-Maoz, The Open University of Israel, Israel

Subjects: Israel studies, Middle Eastern studies, Politics

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Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 39 (2024): Issue 1 (Mar 2024): Special Issue: The Perils of Regime Change in Israel. Editor: Oded Haklai

Volume 39 / 2024, 3 issues per volume (spring, summer, winter)

Aims & Scope

Israel Studies Review (ISR) is the journal of the Association for Israel Studies, an international and interdisciplinary scholarly organization dedicated to the study of all aspects of Israeli society, history, politics, and culture.

ISR explores modern and contemporary Israel from the perspective of the social sciences, history, the humanities, and cultural studies and welcomes submissions on these subjects. The journal also pays close attention to the relationships of Israel to the Middle East and to the wider world, and encourages scholarly articles with this broader theoretical or comparative approach provided the focus remains on modern Israel.

One of the main tasks of the ISR is to review in a timely manner recent books on Israel-related themes, published in English and Hebrew. Authors and publishers are invited to send us their books for review consideration.

The Israel Studies Review editors fully recognize the passions and controversies present in this field. They are dedicated to the mission of the ISR as a nonpartisan journal publishing scholarship of the highest quality, and are proud to contribute to the growth and development of the emergent field of Israel Studies.


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Oded Haklai, Queen's University (Ontario), Canada
Adia Mendelson-Maoz, The Open University of Israel, Israel

Book Reviews Editor:
Rami Zeedan, The University of Kansas, USA

Managing Editor:
Galit Benzur, The Open University of Israel, Israel 

Editorial Advisory Board:
Gur Alroy, University of Haifa, Israel
Yael Aronoff*, Michigan State University, USA
Yaron Ayalon, College of Charleston, USA
Anat Ben David, the Open University of Israel
Lihi Ben-Shitrit, University of Georgia, USA
Amnon Cavari, Reichman University, Israel
Mitchell Cohen, Baruch College, CUNY, USA
Rima Da'as, The Hebrew University, Israel
Tal Dekel, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Alain Dieckhoff, SciencesPo - Center for International Studies, France
Bob O. Freedman*, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Olga Gershenson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Shai Ginsburg, Duke University, USA
Aviva Halamish*, the Open University of Israel
Ayelet Harel, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Ron Hassner, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler, Reichman University, Israel
Sarah Hirschhorn, Northwestern University, USA
Eva Illouz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Michael Keren, University of Calgary, Canada
Lihi Lahat, Sapir Academic College, Israel
Ian Lustick*, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Gregory Mahler*, Earlham College, USA
Jonathan Mendilow, Rider University, USA
Joel Migdal*, University of Washington, USA
Shlomo Mizrahi, University of Haifa, Israel
Chaim Noy, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Ilan Peleg, Lafayette College, USA
Derek Penslar, Harvard University, USA
Meital Pinto, Ono Academic College/ Zefat Academic College, Israel
Ranen Omer Sherman, University of Louisville, USA
Itamar Rabinovitch, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Uri Ram, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Russel Stone, American University, USA
Miri Talmon, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Mark Tessler*, University of Michigan, USA
Yofi Tirosh, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Mohammad Wattad, Zefat Academic College, Israel
Raz Yosef, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Ronald Zweig, New York University, USA

* Indicates a past or present AIS President


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Ethics Statement

Authors published in Israel Studies Review (ISR) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete ISR ethics statement.

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In 2010, the Knesset passed the Spousal Covenant Act, which enables Israelis 'lacking religious affiliation' to marry and divorce in Israel. Using the 'twin tolerations' theory, I present the process and the actors involved in the legislation, pointing out that in Israel the twin tolerations are reflected in the so-called status quo. On the basis of that analysis, I argue that the spousal covenant, initially aimed at solving the problem of all individuals forbidden to marry in Israel, but especially 'non-Halakhic' Jews from the FSU, ended up as a marginalizing law, excluding those non-Halakhic Jews from the Jewish-Israeli collective. I further argue that non-Halakhic Jews from the FSU no longer contest the Israeli religious regime of inclusion and instead use the 'established bypasses'—cohabitation and civil marriage abroad—both to get married and to be part of the national collective.


In 2006-2007, several Arab nongovernmental organizations in Israel, led by a group of politicians and intellectuals, published future vision documents that summed up the needs, aspirations, hopes, and desires of Arab society in Israel. Despite the fact that the documents did not introduce any new ideas that were not on the Israeli political stage already, this article argues that the fact that the documents were a result of collective effort shows the deep changes that have been taking place among Arab society in general and its leadership in particular. The documents mark the rising tide of frustration and self-confidence, and as a result of oppositional consciousness among leaders and intellectuals of Arab society in Israel. The documents seek to redefine the relationship of Arab society with the Israeli state, demanding the transformation of Israel from an ethnic to a democratic state and calling the Jewish majority for a dialogue. The fact that several documents have emerged is a clear indication that the internal differences within Arab society are still stronger than the uniting forces within it.

Research on Gender and the Military in Israel

From a Gendered Organization to Inequality Regimes

This article offers an analytical review of the research on gender and the military in Israel since the 1970s. I argue that the research in this field has undergone a paradigmatic shift that is based on five analytical transformations: (1) a move from a binary gendered conception to intersectionality analysis; (2) a shift from a dichotomous perception of the military organization to an analysis based on 'inequality regime' theory; (3) an emphasis on women as agents of change and resistance; (4) a focus on men and militarized masculinities; and (5) macro-analysis of the significance of women's service in a militaristic society. The article concludes with a discussion of the current political dynamics and conflicts that shape both the construction of the military gender regime and the production of the research in this field.


This article examines the unique character of conversion to Judaism in general and in Israel in particular. It is an act enmeshed with the very definition of Judaism and has implications for the future of Israel as a Jewish state as well as for Israel-Diaspora relations. The role of the Israeli government in conversion, from the very outset of the establishment of the State of Israel, is delineated and its history as a religio-political issue analyzed. Finally, the article discusses alternative approaches for dealing with what some perceive as a very serious Israeli religio-political issue.