States and Laws, Jews and Palestinians: Yadgar's Traditionalist Alternative. A Reflection on Yadgar, Israel's Jewish Identity Crisis (Cambridge, 2020)

WVU College of Law Research Paper No. 2022-008

Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 16 (2021)

27 Pages Posted: 5 May 2022 Last revised: 22 Jul 2022

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James J. Friedberg

West Virginia University - College of Law

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

This essay reflects on issues raised by Yaacov Yadgar concerning a devil’s bargain made decades ago between secular Zionist Israeli governments and the country’s Orthodox religious establishment, in defining who is a Jew and, therefore, entitled to the most comprehensive benefits of citizenship. It seems that the very tensions inherent in this somewhat illogical, somewhat cynical bargain are quite relevant to an us-them mentality that makes peace with the Palestinians more difficult.

Keywords: Yaacov Yadgar, Israel, Palestine, Jewish identity

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Friedberg, James J., States and Laws, Jews and Palestinians: Yadgar's Traditionalist Alternative. A Reflection on Yadgar, Israel's Jewish Identity Crisis (Cambridge, 2020) (2021). WVU College of Law Research Paper No. 2022-008, Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 16 (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4100636

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