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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ISRAEL’S REPOSITIONING IN THE WORLD

中東レビュー

Volume 2

Yakov M. Rabkin
Published in March 2015
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ABSTRACT

In its pioneer years, Israel was largely associated with the leftist ideas of collective endeavour and socialist solidarity. Early Israeli elites often came from the kibbutz and were vocal in their allegiance to social justice and equality. This, in turn, brought them admiration and support from socialists around the world. Few noticed that while praised by the left, Israeli society was steadily moving to right. Nowadays Israel has earned the admiration of the right and the extreme right in most Western countries. This paper should explain this apparently puzzling transformation in the international position of this small country in Western Asia.