This new and original study focuses on the growing politicization and radicalization of the Arab minority within Israel - excluding the Israel-administered territories - from 1967 to the present day.
Professor Jacob M. Landau has studied both written and oral sources to produce a scholarly analysis of the diverse political views and attitudes of Muslims, Christians, and Druzes in Israel. As well as analysing the views of intellectuals and politicians, he examines trends among the general Arab population in Israel, looking in particular at political behaviour and struggles, organizations, problems of identity, electoral trends, education, language, and literature.
His wide-ranging examination draws out the strategies developed by Israeli Arabs to deal with the conflicting demands of the State of Israel and Arab nationalism. Professor Landau's aim is to encourage an objective and balanced approach to the issues and he concludes with some far-reaching proposals to improve Jewish-Arab relations.
'goes a considerable way towards redressing the balance ... an extensive study of their language and literature'
Joseph Mills, Jewish Chronicle
'25 years on, using the same circumspect and careful approach, Landau carries his study of the Arabs in Israel further to cover the subsequent period from 1967 to 1991'
P.J. Vatikiotis, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 57, No. 2, 1994
`Landau's book is essentially descriptive and might well be considered to fall into the category of modernizationist ... Landau's book contains some interesting data and some useful profiles.'
British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Introduction: Defining the Issues; Some background data; Economic trends and their implications; Religious communities and politics; Social change: Village, town, tribe; Education; Language and culture; Political organization and leadership; Elections: Parliamentary, local, trade unionist; Problems of identity; Conclusion.