December 23, 2011 | 8:50 am
Dr. Etta Bick is the Chairman of the Department of Middle East Studies/Political Science at the Ariel University Center in Samaria. She teaches courses in comparative and Israeli politics, religion and politics and American Jewry.
She has published several articles on the transnational role of American Jews in Israel-U.S. relations; Israel's religious parties; and the influence of rabbis and their rulings on Israeli party politics and on religious soldiers during the disengagement from Gaza. Most recently, she has written a study of the Tal Law, a plan to induct ultra-Orthodox men into military or national service.
She is currently writing a book on the politics of national civic service in Israel, from 1948 until the present.
A native New Yorker, she has been living in Israel since 1977.
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