Land Law and Policy in Israel
A Prism of Identity
Published by: Indiana University Press
As one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world, the State of Israel faces serious land policy challenges and has a national identity laced with enormous internal contradictions. In Land Law and Policy in Israel, Haim Sandberg contends that if you really want to know the identity of a state, learn its land law and land policies.
Sandberg argues that Israel's identity can best be understood by deciphering the code that lies in the Hebrew secret of Israeli dry land law. According to Sandberg, by examining the complex facets of property law and land policy, one finds a unique prism for comprehending Israel's most pronounced identity problems.
Land Law and Policy in Israel explores how Israel's modern land system tries to bridge the gaps between past heritage and present needs, nationalization and privatization, bureaucracy and innovation, Jewish majority and non-Jewish minority, legislative creativity and judicial activism. The regulation of property and the determination of land usage have been the consequences of explicit choices made in the context of competing and evolving concepts of national identity. Land Law and Policy in Israel will prove to be a must-read not only for anyone interested in Israel but also for anyone who wants to understand the importance of land law in a nation's life.
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Introduction: Land Law and Land Policy
1. The Fingerprints of History in Land Inventory
2. Culture, Nation, and Socialism in the Administration of Public Lands
3. Privatization of Public Lands
4. National Land Planning in a Small Country
5. Jewish and Democratic
6. Creative Judiciary
Epilogue: Identity in Flux
To seriously understand a country, one ought to understand it's land laws and policies. Professor Sandberg provides a deep professional historical and legal picture of Israeli land issues. This book must be a must for whoever is interested in the subject in all it's aspects, including the Arab-Israeli conflict.~Justice Prof. Elyakim Rubinstein, Deputy President (ret.) The Supreme Court of Israel
Professor Sandberg, one of the most prominent property law experts in Israel, shows in his book how the small, crowded, and often threatened Jewish State succeeds against all odds amidst extraordinary challenges facing its land policy in the third millennium. A must-read book not only for those interested in Israel and its land law but for anyone who wants to understand how internal contradictions in a country's identity affect its land policy.~Ruth Lapidoth, Hebrew University of Jerusalem