Privatization and Nationalization of Space in Israel: Are They Complementary Processes?

  • Erez Tzfadia
  • Haim Yacobi


In this chapter, we address the relationship between ethno-nationalism, capitalism, and privatization. Our critical analysis of the production of Israeli territory in relation to the ongoing transformation of land and planning policies, from a pure nationalistic approach toward one based on neoliberal logic, suggests that privatization is not necessarily encapsulated in ideas of liberty, fairness, or economic efficiency but, rather, can also reflect the ethno-national logic of control. Our main argument is that the growing dominance of neoliberal policies expressed in the privatization of space, planning, and territorial management is entangled within Israel’s ethno-national politics. The chapter critically studies the dynamics of the privatization of space in Israel, highlighting the interplay between centralistic-national territorial management and market-driven privatization and liberalization of planning and land policies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erez Tzfadia
    • 1
  • Haim Yacobi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Public Policy and AdministrationSapir CollegeSha’ar HanegevIsrael
  2. 2.Bartlett Development Planning UnitUCLLondonUK

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