The Last "Mapainik" and the "Iron Wall": Netanyahu and the Palestinian Issue 2009-2021

Kobi Michael, Or Wertman

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The strategy led by Prime Minister Netanyahu during his 12-year rule (2009–21) was not just a military-security strategy but a grand-strategy of national secur-ity. Effectively adopting Mapai’s ‘practical Zionism’ strategy rather than Jabotinsky’s ‘political Zionism’, Netanyahu effectively became the last of the ‘Mapainiks’ who knew how to establish and develop a state, and fortify its power and position, by virtue of action and by strengthening the ‘Iron Wall’.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2270247
Pages (from-to)1115-1134
Number of pages20
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number6
Early online date3 Nov 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Nov 2023


  • Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Israel
  • Palestinian-Israeli conflict
  • Abraham Accords
  • Hamas
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Israel-USA relations
  • Iron Wall
  • Mapai
  • PLO


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