Israel Studies Review

Editors:
Yoram Peri, University of Maryland, College Park
Paul L. Scham, University of Maryland, College Park


Now increased to 3 issues a year!

Subjects: Israel studies, Middle Eastern studies, Politics


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Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 35 (2020): Issue 3 (Dec 2020): Israeli Innovations. Guest Editors: Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti and Fany Yuval

Volume 35 / 2020, 3 issues per volume (summer, winter)

Israel Studies Forum was relaunched in 2011 as the Israel Studies Review, under the editorship of Yoram Peri, Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies.


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.


Indexing/Abstracting

Israel Studies Review is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
  • Academic Source Complete (Ebsco)
  • Biography Index (Ebsco)
  • Book Review Digest (Ebsco)
  • Electronic Current Contents of Periodicals on the Middle East (Dayan Center)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • Index for Jewish Periodicals
  • Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (RAMBI)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (De Gruyter)
  • Jewish Studies Source (Ebsco)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Sciences Abstract (Ebsco)
  • Social Sciences Index (Ebsco)
  • Social Services Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Sociological Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Proquest)

Editors:
Yoram Peri, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Paul L. Scham, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Teaching Israel Studies Editor: Shira Klein, Chapman University, USA

Assistant Editor: Amber Taylor, Brandeis University, USA

Editorial Advisory Board:
Khawla Abu-Baker, Emek Yisrael College, Israel
Myron Aronoff*, Rutgers University, USA
Gad Barzilai, University of Washington/University of Haifa Law School, USA/Israel
Uri Ben-Eliezer, Haifa University, Israel
Uri Bialer, Hebrew University, Israel
Rachel Brenner*, University of Wisconsin, USA
Mitchell Cohen, Baruch College, USA
Alan Dowty*, University of Notre Dame, USA
Robert O. Freedman*, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Motti Golani, Haifa University, Israel
Majd al-Hajj, Haifa University, Israel
Aviva Halamish*, Open University of Israel
Hanna Herzog*, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Clive Jones, University of Durham, UK
Michael Keren, University of Calgary, Canada
Pnina Lahav*, Boston University, USA
Ian Lustick*, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Gregory Mahler*, Earlham College, USA
Jonathan Mendilow, Rider University, USA
Joel Migdal*, University of Washington, USA
Derek Penslar, University of Oxford, UK
Itamar Rabinovich, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Uri Ram, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Zaki Shalom, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Gershon Shafir*, University of California, San Diego, USA
Russell Stone*, American University, USA
Miriam Talmon-Bohm, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Mark Tessler*, University of Michigan, USA
Angelika Timm, Free University, Berlin, Germany
Chaim I. Waxman, Rutgers University, USA
Elie Wiesel , Boston University, USA
Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic, USA
Oren Yiftachel, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University, USA
Ronald Zweig, New York University, USA

* Indicates a past or present AIS President
 

 

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Please submit articles, reviews, and other contributions as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) files through the online submissions system at https://ojs3.berghahnjournals.com/index.php/isr/login

Authors must register with the journal on the submission website prior to submitting, or, if already registered, they can simply log in. On registering as an Author, authors have the option of also registering as a Reviewer (to be called upon to undertake peer reviews of other submissions).

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Manuscripts accepted for publication that do not conform to the ISR style guide will be returned to the author for amendment.

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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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Author: Anat Maor

Very little research has been conducted on the functioning of the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) in general and on private members' legislation in particular. This article contributes to the perception of the role of the legislator as political initiator in modern parliamentarism.

Author: Amal Jamal

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.

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.

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.

Author: Chaim I. Waxman

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.