The shift from socialism to capitalism also dismantled religion from the state. Many acts, considered immoral in Judaism, have been legalized, including homosexual marriages. Sexuality, once an intimate aspect of Jewish lives, can now be discussed openly in television programs and classrooms. Such changes are being welcomed neither by the right-wing political parties nor by the orthodox Jews. The religious orthodoxy along with several moderate factions within the Israeli Jewish community is annoyed and feel left out in the current climate. All in all, the transformation from socialism to capitalism, in the post war era, has given mixed results to the Israelis (Colin, 2008).
The 1967 six-day war between the Israelis and the Arabs had several grave political and social implications for not only the Israelis but also its neighbors. Some major implications have been discussed in this paper. It is noteworthy that both leftwing and right wing political parties possess only tactical differences and not strategic ones. Such minor differences have left little room for any drastic change in the current political and social policies.
With the Israeli establishment continuing to expand their settlements, notwithstanding any domestic or international pressure, little can be hoped about any progress towards peace and prosperity in the region. While the right for a separate Palestinian homeland continues to remain a distant reality; domestically, the gap between the rich and poor continues to widen with the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer. The 1967 six day war surely has left a significant mark in the Israeli social and political spectrum.
Colin Shindler, a History of Modern Israel, Cambridge University Press, New York, paperback edition 2008, pp 1-50
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