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Peter Moss, Ann-Zofie Duvander, and Alison Koslowski

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447338772

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447338772.001.0001

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Israel: leave policy, familialism and the neoliberal welfare state

Israel: leave policy, familialism and the neoliberal welfare state

(p.75) Five Israel: leave policy, familialism and the neoliberal welfare state
Parental Leave and Beyond

Nadav Perez-Vaisvidovsky

, Peter Moss, Ann-Zofie Duvander, Alison Koslowski
Policy Press

Developments in leave policy in Israel during the decade 2007-2017 followed what could best be described as an uncertain route. On the one hand, after five decades of stalemate, in this decade leave was extended several times in several ways. First, paid Maternity Leave increased from 12 to 14 weeks, followed by an extension of unpaid leave, the introduction of Paternity Leave, and finally – following a social struggle – the further extension of paid leave to 15 weeks, with the promise of further extensions. However, these incremental changes were minimal, even in the eyes of their initiators. Among policymakers and activists alike, the consensus was that leave for parents was too short to answer families' needs, and that the changes had to be seen as small steps toward a larger goal – which remained unachieved. This situation, the chapter argues, can be understood as a tension between the combined effects of Israeli familialism and international developments in leave policy, on the one hand; and the extreme neoliberalisation of the Israeli welfare state and its adherence to the 'austerity of welfare' principle, on the other.

Keywords:   Israel, Parental Leave, Politics, Work-life balance, Family policy

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