Likud’s success in the 2015 elections: Netanyahu’s Hobbesian moment

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The current article develops an explanation for Likud’s success, which goes beyond the existing structural and circumstantial accounts. It argues that Likud’s success should be sought for in the utilization of Hobbesian logic by its leader, Benjamin Netanyahu. By revealing the commonalities between Hobbes’s political thinking and Rhetoric, and Netanyahu’s political conduct, this paper sheds new light on Netanyahu’s leadership and sources of legitimation and authority in Israel, which are understudied. We demonstrate that Netanyahu’s Hobbesian dimension is best reflected in his understanding of the nature of civil and political rights in the context of an ongoing struggle for survival and self-determination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-640
Number of pages13
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016

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  • Hobbes
  • Jewish democracy
  • Netanyahu
  • Political argumentation
  • elections
  • elections
  • leadership
  • the Israeli–Palestinian conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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