Peace and profits: the globalization of Israeli business and the peace process

Gershon Shafir, Yoav Peled

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Israeli moderation toward the Palestinians, the recognition of the PLO, and the decolonization of the Gaza Strip and cities of the West Bank, under the Rabin-Peres governments, should be understood as part and parcel of a broader process of liberalization in Israeli society which continues to sustain the peace making drive in spite of its many setbacks. The process of liberalization consists of replacing a heavily subsidized, inefficient, idiosyncratic, and outmoded if not counterproductive and heavily contested network of political institutions built up to facilitate the colonization and state building project of Zionism with market-based economic incentives and a liberal legal framework at a time when global changes made such transformations possible and beneficial. Both globalization and decolonization may, then, be viewed as sharing the goal of replacing political mechanisms and forces, identified with the nation and the nation-state, with financial and commercial ties which, on their part, are global forces.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Israel
Subtitle of host publicationPeacemaking and Liberalization
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780429964718
ISBN (Print)0813335671
StatePublished - 2000

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- Peace
  • Israel -- Economic conditions


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