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Israel is the single new country one of the twenty-one international locations on this planet at the present time that experience maintained democracy with out interruption because the finish of the second one global struggle. Israel's case is all of the extra awesome simply because its democracy was once proven lower than tremendous adversarial stipulations: enormous immigration; serious social dislocation; the creation of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, non secular, and nationwide transformations; speedy financial development; an everlasting protection risk that resulted in 5 significant wars in thirty-five years; and a inhabitants that, normally, had very little adventure of a democratic order. during this insightful learn of Israel's founding interval from 1948 to 1967, Peter Medding addresses this puzzle, delivering a lucid account of the political and ancient stipulations that gave upward thrust to this special interval, in addition to the adjustments which introduced it to an finish. the result's an eminently readable account of the state-building approach and of the position performed by way of David Ben-Gurion and different politicians in relocating from consensus politics to a majoritarian-like democracy. Medding's research is extra enriched through his comparisons of the improvement of Israeli democracy with that of alternative countries.

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