"…Israel Studies…explores a nationalist movement that emerged out of a 2000-year global diaspora and which, within only a few decades, established a modern state. While surrounded by hostile neighbors and the vicissitudes of international politics, Israel is transforming itself economically, from socialism to capitalism. It is a global, Western, and Middle East story; in modern academic language, it is hybridized. All this is astonishing on its face and compels serious academic study.
"Reflecting these problems and opportunities, Israel Studies programs on American campuses have now grown to number more than a dozen, along with research centers at universities including Brandeis, New York University, and the University of California at Berkeley.