Israel’s Right-wing Populists: The European Connection

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Using Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel as a case study, this article adds a crucial layer to the study of Israel’s radical right populism. First, we discuss the concept of populism, claiming that populism is prevalent in Israeli politics because conflicts concerning the inclusion/exclusion of subordinate social groups have marked Israeli society since its inception. Second, we expose the depth of Israel’s relationships with Europe’s populists and Eurosceptics and argue that Netanyahu’s Israel shares common values with these actors. Finally, we claim that Israel uses populism and Euroscepticism as a foreign policy instrument in order to achieve specific political objectives. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-122
Number of pages24
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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