French-Speaking Jewish Community in Contemporary Israel: Sociological and Political Profile

V. Khanin, P. V. Oskolkov

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The article examines the sociological, demographic, and political characteristics of a French-speaking repatriate community in Israel. The community is an important factor in both Israeli and French internal politics and the bilateral relations between Israel and European countries. The authors conclude that multiple identities are preserved, consisting of French-speaking, Jewish, and Israeli elements, and underline the quantitative and qualitative difference between the 2010s wave of repatriation and the previous waves. The difference is tainted by the reasons that pushed the French Jews to their historic homeland and by the difficulties of economic integration. A welldeveloped infrastructural network is created that buttresses the identitarian multiplicity. There are also indicators that the identity infrastructure might be complemented by the organized political representation that is now realized through the positions reserved non-officially in the national party lists. Because of its predominantly right-wing conservative political orientation, the French Jewish community is considered an electoral resource for the incumbent coalition of right-wing conservative, nationalist, and ultraorthodox parties, and the need for further stimulation of the French aliya is now voiced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-103
Number of pages15
JournalSovremennaya Evropa
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023

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  • cleavages
  • diaspora
  • immigration
  • integration
  • minority
  • repatriation
  • social structure


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