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Jonathan Mendilow

In the Knesset elections of 2009, what lay in the balance were not only significant programmatic differences between the main parties but the center of gravity of the party system and the direction from which the country is to be governed. Nevertheless, the three major rivals conducted a valance competition appropriate for situations in which the parties are ideologically close, and no questions of magnitude hang in the balance. This resulted from an unspoken agreement about the use of "tacit issues": rewards of the competition that are understood by stalwarts, and toward the attainment of which the rivals direct their e orts, but that are not spelled out to the wider public. Consequently, the campaign was among the shortest and least substantive in the country's history, but its outcome may determine the ideological direction of the country, the shape and steering capacity of its government, and the fate of the party system for a long time to come.

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Ben Herzog

/Palestine ( Gavison 2010 ) and for the symbolic ties between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora ( Hacohen 1998 ). As articulated by David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, during Knesset debates: “The Law of Return is one of the State of Israel’s basic laws. It

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The Determination of Educational Policy

Shas, Politics, and Religion

Anat Feldman

sources are the coalition agreements Shas has made with Israel’s biggest political parties from its first entry into the Knesset in 1984 up to the current government, which was formed in 2015. The empirical analysis is based on quantitative and qualitative

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Amir Goldstein

dissipated. Mapam’s presence declined in the 2nd Knesset elections in 1951 and, before long, it split into two different parties: Mapam and Ahdut HaAvodah (Unity of Labor). These two socialist factions gradually became almost perpetual partners in the Mapai

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Editors’ Note

Threats to Academic Freedom

‘heresthetic maneuvering’ utilized by Knesset committee chairs in order to control the policy choices of their committees. For non-political scientists, Rosenthal obligingly provides a definition of heresthetics as “structuring a worldview that would make

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The 1956 Strike of Middle-Class Professionals

A Socio-political Alliance with the Right

Avi Bareli and Uri Cohen

-wing opposition parties. 5 In response, the government appointed a committee to investigate wages and ranking in the public sector, headed by Yisrael Guri, chair of the Knesset Finance Committee, former head of the workers’ educational division, and one of Mapai

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The Making of a Capital

Jerusalem on Israeli Banknotes

Na'ama Sheffi and Anat First

Declaration of Independence in May 1948. By the end of the War of Independence in early 1949, the Israeli government and Knesset discussed the special status of the capital. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion explained: “We feel obliged to declare that Jerusalem

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The Editors

forward to late 1948 and early 1949, we come to a study of Israel’s first election campaign for the post-independence Constituent Assembly, which soon became the Knesset. Meir Chazan examines the choices made by the country’s first leaders regarding how

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Assaf Shapira

. For example, according to the minutes of the Knesset committees, from February 2003 until June 2006 the issue of the status of labor immigrants’ children was discussed in eight meetings of various Knesset committees; representatives of ACRI

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Sephardi Leadership in Israel

Transitioning from Mandate to Statehood

Moshe Naor

the elections to the Constituent Assembly, the councils of the Sephardi community in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Tiberias established the Sephardi and Oriental Communities Union as a joint political list. 15 In the 1st Knesset, Avraham Elmalih and