After several years as the self-proclaimed leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Magneto was captured in Israel and imprisoned there. He then disappeared from world view.

Shortly thereafter, Israel welcomed their newest hero, Magnus, a controller of magnetism. He was put in charge of the Israel Special Defense Force, which was tasked with keeping Israel free from the depredations of super-powered assailants. This he has done, as well as lead several Israeli raids to rescue hostages, destroy Arab nuclear reactors, and so forth.

The Special Defense Force has become a haven for mutants of all kinds. Magnus has taken flak from religious leaders of Israel who say that he is not sufficiently avid about converting the members of the Force to Judaism, but in fact many have. Israel has become a haven for mutants of any faith who cannot find safety in their own lands.