Media and the Public Discourse in Israel

Despite Israel’s definition as a free and democratic country, it is an open secret that a particular element of society that has a clear and declared agenda dominates without challenge the main junctures of the state – in the media, the economy, the legal system and culture. The power apparatuses in the State are interconnected and within every system, mutually sustaining official and unofficial forces can be found. The most severe consequence is evident in the extensive ties between capital and government and in the legal system and the media, which are mobilized to promote the values of the Left.

This unit deals with the various power apparatuses in Israel and analyzes the methods employed by the media in Israel, their reciprocal relations with other systems, the influence of post-Zionism on Israeli literature and culture, and how all these impact and shape public opinion in Israel.