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Beyond the Headlines: The Major Disputes in Israeli Politics

Many outsiders still believe that the Oslo Accords and Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are the major divides in Israeli politics.  Yet with negotiations stalled for many years, other issues have played an arguably larger role in Israeli public policy debates.  In this seminar, we’ll go beyond the headlines to explore topics that are truly dividing the Knesset.  Topics covered include: 

1) the role of the Supreme Court and the division of powers between different branches of government 

2) the integration of Haredim into broader Israeli society

3)  Israel-Diaspora relations; 

4) conservative vs. progressive economic policies.