The sense of solidarity that characterized Israeli society half a century ago has dissipated as society has divided into contentious, often conflicting groups. … [But] since the Jerusalem intifada erupted in October, many in Jewish Israeli society have refocused their hostility: PA President Yasir Arafat has become the archenemy. … Barak, however, has been unable to form a new majority coalition or capitalize on the anti-Arafat emotion sweeping through the Jewish community.
Don Peretz is a professor emeritus at the State University of New York, Binghamton. His books include The Middle East Today, 6th ed. (New York: Praeger, 1994), and, with Gideon Doron, The Government and Politics of Israel, 3d ed. (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1997).
Don Peretz; Barak's Israel. Current History 1 January 2001; 100 (642): 21–26. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2001.100.642.21
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