Summary and Conclusion

  • Benjamin Gidron
  • Michal Bar
  • Hagai Katz
Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)


The Israeli public’s renewed interest in the third sector is reflected in a headline article about two accomplished generals who retired from the Israeli Defense Forces and decided to forego politics in favor of public activity:

They are both charismatic people who are convinced their public duty is not done yet. Both resolved not to join the political system as civilians after leaving the army. These are two people who could have filled a frontline position in the political arena: one was offered the position of Secretary of Defense and the other a senior position in one of the political parties. Their reasons for not joining the political system were identical: in the present situation they feel they can contribute much more to society outside the political arena. They want to meet people, to join non-political movements, to speak and listen, learn and contribute. They believe this is not done in the Knesset nor in the party headquarters... nowadays nongovernmental organizations address nearly every public issue from Jewish-Arab relations to a new secular-religious “treaty.” All the issues that have never been mentioned in the election campaigns, all the gaps and rifts that are really important to our life here and no prime minister has addressed in the past twenty years, all these are discussed by and within the civil society arena (Shelach, 2001).


Civil Society Sector Organization Civil Society Organization Welfare Service Israeli Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Gidron
    • 1
  • Michal Bar
    • 2
  • Hagai Katz
    • 3
  1. 1.Ben Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  3. 3.UCLALos AngelesUSA

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