Ass.-Prof. Dr. Zadoff explains how the history of the state of Israel has been shaped by the war against its neighboring countries and the consecutive integration of Jewish immigrant groups, arriving to Israel from all over the world. He claims that Israel’s society is undergoing a massive change: It used to be a melting pot, where society was challenged by the integration of different immigrant groups, but the wars against neighboring countries strengthened the bond between the inhabitants. The wave of immigration that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union however, changed the Israeli society towards a “salad bowl society”, similar to the one in the USA. This social change poses new challenges for today’s Israeli society.
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