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    Fathom 17 out now

    Fathom 17 is a special issue to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. We have three essays on the genesis of the Declaration. Efraim Halevy, the former head of Mossad, offers a fascinating study of the World War One Jewish spy network in Palestine, NILI – an acronym for the biblical Hebrew phrase, Netzakh Yisrael Lo Yeshaker, meaning ‘The Eternal One of Israel will not Lie’. He argues that both the victory of the British Army led by General Allenby and the Balfour Declaration itself were in good measure the result of this first successful foray of the Jewish people into modern international intelligence-gathering and espionage. The British Prime…

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    Fathom 13 OUT NOW

    Fathom 13 examines four questions central to explaining the current impasse in the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians. First, where are the Palestinians going? Husam Zomlot, ambassador-at-large for the state of Palestine and co-ordinator of the Palestine Strategy Group explores the crisis of the Oslo peace process, the radically changed political context of peace-making today, and the new Palestinian strategy which he argues is based on internationalisation, gradualism and non-violence. Adam Rasgon and Grant Rumley map this internationalisation strategy’s fortunes across the globe and ask whether it can really transform international public opinion and diplomacy and set the Palestinians on the path to statehood. They conclude it cannot.…

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    Fathom 12 OUT NOW

    Fathom 12 addresses five themes. First, the rise of the new antisemitism. Alex Chalmers hit the headlines when he resigned as co-chair of Oxford University Labour Club, alleging a ‘large proportion’ of club members had ‘some kind of problem with Jews’, while many used the slur ‘Zio’ and voiced support for Hamas. In this issue he writes about the spreading culture of ‘antisemitic anti-Zionism’ on the Left and its role in the degeneration of the Labour club (this article will appear on Monday). Robert Fine reviews Kenneth L. Marcus’s important new study ‘The Definition of Anti-Semitism’. Second, the future of the two-state solution. The Fathom editors announced in our founding…

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    NEW FATHOM E-BOOK TWO STATES FOR TWO PEOPLES

    To mark the 20th anniversary of the Oslo II agreement, Fathom has published an eBook – Two States for Two Peoples – a collection of  essays and interviews drawn from the pages of Fathom focused on the two-state solution and how to reinvigorate it. To download the eBook, click here. Featuring: Hussein Ibish , Joshua Muravchik, Moshe Arens and  Ami Ayalon,Cary Nelson, David Pollock, Einat Wilf, Shlomo Avineri, Ofer Zalzberg, Joel Braunold, Hitham Kayali, Isaac Herzog, Omer Bar-Lev,  Ari Shavit, Benny Begin, Meir Kraus, Danny Seidemann, Lior Amihai, Dani Dayan, David Newman, Sapan Maini-Thompson, Michael Herzog, Gershon Baskin, Shlomo Brom , Efraim Halevy and Dore Gold. *** When Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat signed the ‘Interim Agreement’ at the White…

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    That time I ate Humus and didn’t leave the table

    I lie in my bed, my wife to be asleep at my side. The top sheet is white and the one covering the mattress is a deep claret colour. For no reason I can think of my mind turns back to 2012. A time before I had even met my wife to be and the last time that the rockets were fired at Tel Aviv. Which is to say the first time I had ever experienced the rocket fire upon my adopted city. I sat eating humus with ful in a small restaurant on the corner of Frishman and Sderot Chen. The man serving me had dark skin and a dark…

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    Some thoughts on Gaza

    by Alan Johnson Editor of Fathom This conflict underscores the need for a two states for two peoples’ solution. In the long term, that solution might well be an existential need, no less, for both Israelis and Palestinians. Everybody (the two parties, the international community, global civil society) must start urgently and practically supporting the moderates on both sides who seek that solution and isolating – not cheering on, as much of global civil society does – the extremists who do not support that solution. Even if a final agreement is not in reach today, the dynamics between the parties must change and very soon. Talk of other solutions (the…

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    America’s Global Dilemma: Ben Cohen interviews Michael Doran in Fathom

    I approached the end of an interview with Michael Doran that explored in detail America’s place in the world, the former high-ranking defence official in the George W. Bush Administration, now a Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington, wondered aloud whether he was ‘living in 1927 or in 1977.’ It was a playful question that illustrated the historic tendency of US foreign policy to slide from one extremity to the other over a relatively short space of time. At the end of the 1920s, Doran explained, with memories of the First World War still fresh, America was inward-looking and distrustful of foreign engagements. Nonetheless,…

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    Saving the Promised Land: An interview with Ari Shavit

    Fathom editor Alan Johnson spoke to Ari Shavit, a senior correspondent at Haaretz and a member of its editorial board, in London in February 2014.  Shavit’s My Promised Land: The Triumph and the Tragedy of Israel is one of the most talked about books to be published about the country in recent years. According to Thomas Friedman, Shavit’s ‘painful love story’ offers, ‘the real Israel, not the fantasy, do-no-wrong Israel peddled by its most besotted supporters or the do-no-right colonial monster portrayed by its most savage critics. To read the full interview go to Fathom.  AJ: You are passionately committed to a liberal, democratic, egalitarian Israel. Not least because only that Israel can…

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    FATHOM ISSUE 6 ONLINE

    Fathom 6 is online. Our writers explore five questions concerning the future of Israel. First, what will sustain Israel as a resilient democracy in the face of global social change? Gidi Grinstein and Daphna Kaufman of the influential Reut Institute argue that Israel needs a revolution in how it thinks about foreign relations. Einat Wilf the former MK and now a roving global ambassador, begins a regular column about her life at ‘the front’. Jonathan Cummings reviews Diana Pinto’s book Israel has Moved, and Dr Simcha Getahune, Director of ELEM – Youth in Distress talks about her work. Second, how can Israel’s security be maintained in a turbulent region? Jonathan…

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    Fathom 5 is online

    Professor Alan Johnson, Editor of Fathom As Fathom goes to press, US Secretary of State John Kerry is working intensively with the Israelis and Palestinians to draw up a framework agreement. We carry three critical reflections on the peace process. David Landau, the biographer of Ariel Sharon who died in January 2014, reflects on his late subjects change of mind.Aluf Benn explores the personality and politics of Benjamin Netanyahu. Isaac Herzog, the new Labour Party leader argued the division of the land is needed to maintain the future of Israel as a Jewish democratic state. The deal struck between Iran and the P5+1 nations in November 2013, is the subject of Ben Cohen’s interview…