Jewish Fundamentalism and the Israeli Polity

By Charles S. Liebman

University of Chicago Press, 1996

The author explains that the social and cultural changes of the last twenty-five years have cultivated an environment within the secular public and among secular nationalists in particular that has generated a climate of sympathy for religion and legitimized the airing of fundamentalist ideas which did not exist previously. The author discusses the impact of Jewish religious fundamentalism on the Israeli political system with the purpose of examining the demands which fundamentalist spokesman have raised and the manner in which the non-fundamentalist sector has responded to these demands. Fundamentalist behavior comes from two directions in Israeli society: from the ultra-Orthodox Jews (Haredi) and from Gush Emunim, the political and messianic movement that endorses the belief that the areas of land that Israel occupied as a result of the 1967 war must be settled by Jews and must become integrated in the State of Israel. In an attempt to discuss the political impacts of Israeli-Jewish fundamentalism without distinguishing between the two strands, the author examines how the rise of militant fundamentalist-like groups in Israel has impacted the Israeli Jewish public who define themselves as religious (dati).

Topic: Arab-Israeli Relations, Political Behavior, Religion and State, Orthodox Judaism, Messianism, Israeli-Arab Relations, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Politics, Nationalism, Extremism

Name of Publication: Fundamentalisms and the State: Remaking Polities, Militance, and Economies (The Fundamentalism Project)

Editor: Appleby, R. Scott , Marty, Martin E.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 3

Page Number(s): 68-87

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Liebman, Charles S. Jewish Fundamentalism and the Israeli Polity. Fundamentalisms and the State: Remaking Polities, Militance, and Economies (The Fundamentalism Project). University of Chicago Press. 1996: 68-87.


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