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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.’ […]

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, […]


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 […]

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 […]