In November 2009, I announced my intention of retiring from my position at the Israel Studies Forum at the end of this volume, aft er serving for a decade as its Editor-in-Chief. Th e President of the Association for Israel Studies followed this announcement by forming a search committee to identify my successor and at the time of writing the search is moving toward a successful conclusion.
For the first two decades of its existence as an organization, the Association for Israel Studies issued its semi-annual publication on its own. The mostly informational tool, Israel Studies Newsletter, and its successor, Israel Studies Bulletin (which included brief essays and book reviews), facilitated a modest link among AIS members in between their annual meetings.
Dov Waxman and Ilan Peleg
This article examines the challenge posed to the future of Israel as a Jewish state by its Palestinian minority. In particular, it analyzes a series of documents published in 2006-2007 by political and intellectual leaders of the Palestinian community in Israel in which they called upon Israel to abandon its Jewish identity and recognize its Palestinian citizens as an indigenous national minority with collective rights. After discussing the major demands and proposals made in these Vision Documents the article argues on both pragmatic and normative grounds that Israel must try to balance the demands of the Palestinian minority with those of the Jewish majority. This involves maintaining the state's Jewish character while providing greater collective rights, including limited autonomy, to its Palestinian citizens.
Scott Lasensky, Ilan Peleg, Ned Lazarus, Don Seeman, and Assaf Zimring
Michael Brenner, In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018), 392 pp. Hardback, $22.50.
Keren Or Schlesinger, Gadi Algazi, and Yaron Ezrahi, eds., Israel/ Palestine: Scholarly Tributes to the Legacy of Baruch Kimmerling [in Hebrew] (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2017), 525 pp. Paperback, $39.00.
Omer Zanany, From Managing Conflict to Managing a Political Settlement: Israeli Security Doctrine and the Prospective Palestinian State [in Hebrew] (Tel Aviv: Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research and Molad: The Center for Democratic Renewal, 2018), 99 pp.
David Ohana, Nationalizing Judaism: Zionism as a Theological Ideology (New York: Lexington Books, 2017), 224 pp. eBook, $64.40.
Arie Krampf, The Israeli Path to Neoliberalism: The State, Continuity and Change (London: Routledge, 2018), 254 pp. Hardback, $145.00. eBook, $54.95.