By Jonathan Mendilow

Explores the turbulent adjustments in Israel celebration politics because the mid-1960s.

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The former brought about the closing of the ranks both within the Zionist movement and the Yishuv. 11 The murder of Arlosorov, which was widely attributed to the Revisionists, seemed to offer further grounds for the accusation that thugs who favored violence as a tool against foreigners were equally capable of using it against their own nationals. The Revisionists, for their part, not only denied the allegation, but proclaimed it to be a politically motivated blood libel demonstrating Labor’s antidemocratic tendencies.

In both cases however the point of departure was an inverse relation between the size of the candidate’s party and the price needed to be paid to coalition partners. Although the new electoral setup deprived the smaller parties from their king-making capacity, the precipitous decline of the larger parties raised the price winning candidates had to dole out to put together multimembered coalitions comprised of different and even competing interests. Nor was the cost restricted to the coalition formation stage or to the distribution of portfolios and policy positions alone.

This, they claimed, explains such new parties as the Greens or women’s liberation movements. But in Israel it was needs anchored in the past that suddenly won a political space they had never enjoyed before. 29 In the latter elections there were a casino party, as women’s rights party, a men’s rights party, and even a party seeking the practice of yoga as a solution for all problems. Not one of them achieved a single seat. What did succeed, and that to the degree that the party system “has undergone dealignment, almost deconstruction,”30 were parties giving expression to the hitherto repressed ethnic, cultural, or narrowly defined social and economic groups.

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