Israeli society is a remarkable mix of peoples, including Jews from a host of different countries alongside native-born Jews and Arabs. This careful demographic account examines the makeup and development of Israeli society and the role of the state in promoting social change. The disadvantaged status of Israeli Arabs is made clear, and doubts are cast on the ability of Israeli society to become a melting pot even for its Jewish majority. Ethnic differences have evolved, but have not disappeared. A well-researched book, filled with interesting data.