What do facts have to do with the summer 2011 protests? – Structuring reality

Ofer Arian

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The attempt to present the 2011 social protests as a demand for improving the standard of living is nothing but cheap demagoguery that reveals the political leadership's detachment more than anything else. This article argues that these protests are a sign of the maturity of Israeli society and a historic event. They demonstrate mature insight on the part of an educated Israeli public that sees itself as part of the developed Western world. For the first time in a generation, the Israeli public is complaining about the absence of a guiding ideological foundation for the general social choices being made in their name by their elected representatives. Post-2011 Israel is a country where the public is forcing its elected officials to engage in a debate about the ideas of neo-liberalism and demanding that they take a clear stand about available ideological options and act accordingly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-631
Number of pages19
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • economic reality
  • ideological debate
  • majority determinations
  • neo-liberalism
  • political-economic ideology
  • public involvement
  • social protest
  • the economics of politics
  • the politics of economics


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