Balancing Unity & Diversity: Israel's Changing Society & Politics


Sun, 12/04/2016 - 09:00 to Mon, 12/05/2016 - 15:30

Balancing Unity & Diversity: Israel's Changing Society & Politics





Event Details

     Since Israel’s founding in 1948 the country has changed in almost every respect. The relationship between the Palestinian-Arab minority and the state has undergone profound changes as well. On the one hand, the Arab population has been integrated into all walks of Israeli life. But on the other hand, the relationship has also become more nationally antagonistic, as Israel remains in conflict with its Arab citizens’ Palestinian brethren in the West Bank and Gaza. 
     Initially isolated in a very hostile Middle Eastern neighborhood, Israel now has peace treaties with some of its Arab neighbors and common interests with others. It also has close ties with a few of the non-Arab states of the region. In the international arena, it had close ties with France in the early years, which were replaced by an intimate alliance with the US since the mid-1960s. Though it faced a very hostile Soviet Union in the Cold War, Israel today has amicable relations with Russia, and it has also developed a network of critically important political and economic relationships with India, China and Japan. 

     Today Israel faces the daunting task of balancing its unity and diversity. The issues Israel faces today as a nation and as individuals call for a careful assessment of its changing society and politics. This conference brings together a team of acclaimed historians and social scientists from Israel and the United States to address in an informed fashion the present state of Israeli society and the choices Israelis face as they look to their future as a Jewish and democratic state.


This Conference will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union at the University of Arizona and the Conference Dinner at the Tucson Marriott University Park.

Parking at the University of Arizona is available at the 2nd Street Garage, 1390 E. 2nd St., Tucson, AZ

Conference Schedule

Sunday, December 4th:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday, December 5th: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Conference Dinner

Shaol and Louis Pozez Memorial Lecturship Series Presents:

Prof. Anita Shapira
Professor Emerita
Tel Aviv University
Israel 2016: Vision and Reality

On Monday, December 5th at 7:00 PM at the Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 E. Second St., Tucson, AZ 85719.

Self and valet Parking is available, the garage is directly accross from the hotel.

A reception will be held at 5:30pm for Conference Partners. For sponsorship information click !Here!



The University of Arizona Memorial Student Union
1303 E University Blvd
85719 Tucson , AZ