"We Have a Rendezvous With Destiny"—The Rise and Fall of the Liberal Alternative

  title={"We Have a Rendezvous With Destiny"—The Rise and Fall of the Liberal Alternative},
  author={Amir Goldstein},
  journal={Israel Studies},
  pages={26 - 52}
  • Amir Goldstein
  • Published 21 January 2011
  • Political Science
  • Israel Studies
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