Israel in the Middle East: six strategies over the course of 75 years

Yuval Benziman*

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During its 75 years of existence, Israel’s strategies vis-à-vis its neighbours have alternated drastically in accordance with the vicissitudes in regional and global affairs: from reliance on force, to a status quo approach, to combining ‘land-for-peace’ approach while participating in ‘new wars’, to peace initiation, to unilateral action, to improved relations with the Arab world while trying to avoid the Palestinian issue. This article describes the evolution of these strategies, discusses their origin and underlying assumptions, and assesses their future implications.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)512-528
Number of pages17
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023

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  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Egypt
  • Lebanon War
  • Oslo process
  • Palestinians
  • Resolution 242
  • foreign policy
  • unilateralism
  • ‘New Middle East’


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