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    The tribes of Israel: Diversity, cohesion, and identity politics

     Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 2:30 - 5:00 PM

    Where: The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Room, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC


    Israel is undergoing a profound transformation, from a society with one politically and socially dominant group—secular Jews—to a society of several groups of roughly similar size. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has gone as far as to describe four “tribes” of Israeli society and has proposed the creation of a new social compact among these groups. Others argue that Israel should resist institutionalizing identity-based politics, and should focus instead on society-wide concerns.

    On December 13, the Center for Middle East Policy will convene a public event to explore these social rifts and what Americans might learn from the Israeli experience about managing diverse societies and about the proper role of group identities in national politics. The event will feature two sessions titled: “Visions of Israel: Citizenship, common cause, and conflict” and “Secularism, religion, and the state.”

    This event is part the Center for Middle East Policy’s series on “Imagining Israel’s Future,” which is designed to help Washington audiences engage with voices from today's dynamic Israeli society. Join the conversation on Twitter at #IsraelsFuture.

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