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 areas overriding significance on nationwide safeguard and kin existence. while, Israel is a democracy that fosters equality for all its electorate. therefore Israeli ladies are stuck in a challenge: even 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 standpoint at the political lifetime of Israeli ladies, either Jewish and non-Jewish. it's the first booklet to discover Israeli women's political participation, political id, and political businesses, in addition to public coverage towards girls. Situating Israel in a comparative theoretical framework, Yael Yishai makes a speciality of the long-lasting rigidity among women's force for energy and their wish to belong and combine from inside of.

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Assistance is manifested in free media (radio and television) time and in financial support. Finally, the belief that political parties are the source of power in the country, and that party politics is a legitimate, perhaps preferred, way to influence policy issues has also encouraged the transfer from the group to the partisan arena. Women's groups were no exception. They, too, tried their luck in national elections, albeit not with much success. Prior to the elections to the First Knesset, Rachel Kagan, activist in the movement called Women International Zionist Organization (WIZO), founded a women's party and won a Knesset mandate.

Yet there is another angle to Meir's feminist identity. The woman who reached such prominence and fame in world politics did not repudiate her sex, but underlined only those attributes associated with traditional family life. Although Golda Meir divorced her husband and travelled around the world leaving the care of her two children to paid helpers, she took great care to emphasize her maternal devotion. Her book is replete with pictures of her strolling with her infant grandchild in a baby carriage.

The establishment of the National Unity Government revealed that the rifts sundering Israeli society were not as deep as perceived. The state appeared to have entered a new phase, when power was gradually shifting from the political parties to the bureaucracy. Ideological contentions still permeated the Knesset and the public arena, but issues were settled mostly on the administrative level. Women's equality was quietly placed on the bureaucratic agenda as the commission's recommendations gradually penetrated state agencies.

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