Between the Flag and the Banner: Women in Israeli Politics by Yael Yishai

By Yael Yishai

Simply because Israel has persisted perennial armed clash, its nationwide schedule locations overriding significance on nationwide safeguard and relations existence. whilst, Israel is a democracy that fosters equality for all its electorate. hence Israeli ladies are stuck in a predicament: no matter if to teach allegiance to the nationwide reason or to elevate the banner of feminism and concentrate on women's rights. This publication provides a extensive point of view at the political lifetime of Israeli ladies, either Jewish and non-Jewish. it's the first publication to discover Israeli women's political participation, political identification, and political agencies, in addition to public coverage towards ladies. Situating Israel in a comparative theoretical framework, Yael Yishai makes a speciality of the iconic pressure among women's force for strength and their wish to belong and combine from inside of.

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Likewise, the party introduced strong feminist strands into the political discourse. " Even this women's party, however, did not escape the gender dilemma in Israel, as revealed by a central sentence in its electoral platform advocating both women's equality and contribution to the national cause: "The equality we demand, in the areas specified, is essential to the creation of conditions that would enable every woman to live by her own values and to choose the type of work that fits her aspirations and competence.

Pitted against each other are, therefore, two feminist theories. The first propagates an Dilemmas in the Political Life of Israeli Women 17 intelligible, visible, and clear-cut separation between the female and the male world, arguing that this move is a precondition for the eradication of patriarchy and its associated gender inequality. The second postulates that the public and private arenas should be integrated in way beneficial to both. Turning the personal into the political is likely to eliminate women's disadvantage.

Emuna, however, has political aspirations of its own. As noted above, only two NRP women were ever elected to the Knesset, but Emuna puts a heavy pressure on the party leadership during every electoral campaign to include at least one of its members on the list. These pressures are often accompanied by a so far unimplemented threat to run in a separate list. Women's sections in the right-wing parties have receded since the formation of the Likud.

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