This chapter suggests that class asserted a powerful influence on the non-Arab Israeli vote in the 2003 elections. It explains that a reaffirmation of the effect of class voting would better account for the outcomes of the elections. Middle-class Ashkenazi voters were attracted by Shinui's enmity towards Shas, which symbolized deeper discontent with the social and economic as well as political gains achieved by Mizrachim during the 1980s and 1990s. Former Soviet Union voters' attraction to Shinui is also consistent with the hypothesis of ethnic competition over material and symbolic resources. The chapter shows that Shafir and Peled still offer the most adequate framework available for analyzing the effects of class and ethnicity on the voting of non-Arab Israelis. Their model's postulation of the key axis of political conflict in Israel as a struggle between liberalism and ethno-nationalism offers an explanation for positions on the hawk/dove cleavage, rather than simply defining it as another issue.
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