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VT: Internal Politics and Leadership in Israel (3 cr)
Itai Beeri
SPEA-V 450 (33030)
MW 1:15-2:30

This course introduces students to the political system in Israel. Unlike the impression that outsider observers might have, it is not a bi-polar political system (right vs. left or Jewish vs. Arab). Israel's internal politics is a complex puzzle of diverse leaders, ethnic groups, communities and interest groups spread across spatial, social and virtual space. The aim of the course is to familiarize the students with and help them understand and analyze the interrelationships between the factors and characteristics of Israel's internal politics and Israeli society, especially towards the fascinating general elections that are about to take place in November 2022. The first part of the course will present groundbreaking historical-political events that shaped Israeli politics. The second part of the course will introduce the various players (i.e., political leaders, political parties, interest groups, ethnic groups and communities). The third part of the course will analyze Israel's spatial politics.

Jewish Studies students taking this course must contact the Jewish Studies Advisor, Amanda Lueck, in order to have the course count towards their JS major, minor, or certificate.