60 Momentous Debates in The Hebrew Press From 1918-2008: the Kibbutzim split; the evacuation of Sinai; the Kastner trial; the satire "Queen of the Bath"; the murder of Count Bernadotte; the Right of Return; the "Who is a Jew" issue; schooling in the immigrant camps; conscription service for girls; the Jibril deal; the Der'i trial; the Oslo Agreement; the disengagement from Gaza.
THE ARGUMENTS, DISPUTES, CULTURE WARS, AND CONFLICTS OF THE POLITICAL MOVEMENTS that appear in the book were and remain an integral part of the saga of Israeli society in a political, demographic and cultural reality. In "real time" these were matters of tactics, political calculations, ideological nuances and cultural differences that underlined the existing separations and exacerbated the contrasts. In retrospect, some of the issues in the book that so outraged the public in their time seem bizarre or meaningless to the reader who is not a historian. Other matters, on the other hand, remain a source of agitation and vexation to this day.
THE MAJORITY OF OUR PUBLIC CONFRONTATIONS NEVER END. They change their shape, become intertwined, and act as reminders.
This book contains an array of public disputes as they appeared in the press. This selection is bound to be limited in scope: sixty significant disputes out of one thousand or more.
Some of them raged for a time and were then forgotten. The powerful nature of others has become evident over the years.