The transformation of Israel's religious-Zionist middle class

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This article argues that the emergence of a new religious-Zionist middle class in Israel may be a factor in restraining the radical potential of the political tendencies that research on religious Zionism has been pointing to for years. It examines, as test cases, the restrained protest against the Israeli disengagement from Gaza in 2005 and the most recent attempt to change the political leadership of the religious-Zionist parties prior to the 2009 elections. It concludes by connecting the processes described here with a discussion of the possible role of the Israeli middle class in mitigating the rifts within Israeli society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-78
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • Disengagement plan
  • New middle class
  • Religious Zionism
  • Statism


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