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A New Israel: Democracy In Crisis, 1973-1988
A New Israel: Democracy In Crisis, 1973-1988
By Bernard Avishai
Ticknor & Fields, 1990, 420 pp

The "new" Israel came into being with the trauma of the Yom Kippur War, the self-destruction of Labor Zionism and the coming to power of Menachem Begin and the Likud. These essays, a running critique of Israeli politics and a commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict written for The New York Review of Books and other publications, were new at one time but are now mainly of interest only in measuring the author's judgments against what has happened since. His introduction, while continuing the critique, revises some earlier conclusions and raises questions that Israel's leaders and the American Jewish establishment have declined to face.