Israel70 | Editorial

By Fathom Editors
Israel70 is a special bumper issue of the journal that maps the state of Israel at 70 years old and... Read more > March 2018

Israel70 | How to keep the window open for the two-state solution

By Dennis Ross
As Israel approaches its 70th anniversary and the peace process at a low ebb, Dennis Ross, former Middle... Read more > April 2018

Israel70 | Palestinians are raising the alarm – the time to rescue the two-state solution is running out

By Ziad Darwish
Dr Ziad Darwish is a member of The Palestinian Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society – PLO (PCIIS).... Read more > April 2018

Israel70 | Forget ‘the ultimate deal’. For now, the status quo is the best option available

By Shalom Lipner
Shalom Lipner is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.... Read more > March 2018

Israel70 | Diaspora70: Reflections of an Old Zionist

By Michael Walzer
Michael Walzer is one of America's foremost political thinkers. To mark Israel’s 70th birthday he urges the embrace... Read more > April 2018

Israel70 | How to fix the crisis in Israel-World Jewry relations

By Gidi Grinstein and Ari Afilalo
Gidi Grinstein and Ari Afilalo argue that on the eve of Israel’s 70th anniversary, it must reembrace its... Read more > April 2018

Anti-Zionism and the Humanities: A response to Saree Makdisi

By Cary Nelson and Russell Berman
This lengthy essay by two leading US professors challenges the world of academic publishing. They identify the symptoms... Read more > April 2018

One-to-one | Towards the renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

By Dahlia Scheindlin
On 22 March Fathom editor Alan Johnson sat down with Dahlia Scheindlin for the first of Fathom’s one-to-one interviews,... Read more > April 2018

Israel70 | Celebrating the argument

By Einat Wilf with Shany Mor
Zionism and the State of Israel are unique examples of a movement of national liberation, and a state,... Read more > March 2018

Israel70 | ‘Israel is divided over what destination to put into our national GPS’: an interview with Tzipi Livni

By Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni, Israel’s former Foreign Minister and a leading peace negotiator, argues that Israel faces a hard choice:... Read more > March 2018

Israel70 | It is time for the minority to establish itself as a political actor in Israeli decision-making

By Mohammad Darawshe
Mohammad Darawshe is Director of the Center for Shared Society at Givat Haviva Institute and also served as... Read more > March 2018

Israel70 | Democracy against all odds, or at odds with democracy

By Yohanan Plesner
Yochanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute, argues that in order for Israel to secure a democratic... Read more > March 2018

Israel70 | Yisrael Aumann on gaming Israel's future

By Yisrael Aumann
Yisrael Aumann is an Israeli-American mathematician and a professor at the Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality... Read more > March 2018

Feminism in Israel | Editorial

By Fathom Editors
Feminism in Israel is a special issue of Fathom journal that brings together the voices of 22 women from across... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Authoritarian governance and Islamist ideology versus women's rights: an interview with Elham Manea

By Elham Manea
Dr. Elham Manea is the author of The Arab State and Women’s Rights: The Trap of Authoritarian Governance... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Palestinian, Feminist, Peacebuilder: an interview with Huda Abu Arqoub

By Huda Abu Arqoub
Huda Abu Arqoub is Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), a network of civil society... Read more > February 2018

The space between the Iraq-Iran border and the Mediterranean Sea today constitutes a single arena of conflict, by Jonathan Spyer

By Jonathan Spyer
Jonathan Spyer is a fellow at the Middle East Forum and a freelance security analyst and correspondent for... Read more > February 2018

‘As Jews who experienced the Holocaust, we have a moral obligation to help our neighbours': Talking to ‘Lt Col. E’...

By Elhanan Miller
Since 2016 the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has operated its Good Neighbour Project, which coordinates the transfer of... Read more > February 2018

Book Review | Jews and Leftist Politics: Judaism, Israel, Anti-Semitism and Gender

By Colin Shindler
This important book is based on an international conference on Jews and the Left held in New York... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Anti-Feminism and Anti-Zionism

By Einat Wilf
The shared histories of feminism and Zionism Feminism and Zionism are cut from the same cloth. Both movements... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | ‘Pious men and dangerous women’: sex-segregation as a threat to women’s equality in Israel - an...

By Yofi Tirosh
Dr Yofi Tirosh is angry that she is still devoting ‘most of my time, energy, rage and despair... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Women in Israel – a revolution halted?

By Dahlia Scheindlin
In this careful mapping of the terrain, Dahlia Scheindlin examines whether the forward march of women in Israel... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Contesting social exclusion in Israel

By Michal Gera Margaliot and Miriam Zalkind
In this in-depth interview with Fathom deputy editor Calev Ben-Dor, the leaders of the Israel Women’s Network raise... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | 'Religious women in the IDF increasingly won’t let religious authorities tell them what to do': an...

By Rachel Tevet-Vizel
Rachel Tevet Vizel was ‘gender advisor’ to the IDF Chief of Staff from 2011 to 2017,a period that... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Feminism and Israeli-Palestinian Peace: an interview with Sarai Aharoni

By Sarai Aharoni
Sarai Aharoni is Assistant Professor at the Gender Studies Programme, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and one of... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Feminism and Jewish-Palestinian Solidarity can make another Israel possible: an interview with Fida Nara and Sarit...

By Fida Nara and Sarit Larry
Mahapach-Taghir is a grassroots, feminist, Jewish-Arab organisation that works for social change through education and empowerment in marginalised communities... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Feminism and the melodies of Judaism

By Elana Maryles Sztokman
The decision of Elana Maryles Sztokman, a long-time leading figure in US and Israeli Orthodox Jewish feminism to... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Haredi Feminism: an interview with Pnina Pfeuffer

By Pnina Pfeuffer
Pnina Pfeuffer is a leading figure in Haredi feminism and a regular columnist for Ha’aretz, Jerusalem Post, and... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Gender equality and the status of women in Israel: an interview with MK Aliza Lavie

By Aliza Lavie
Aliza Lavie is a member of the Knesset for Yesh Atid and a senior lecturer at the School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University.... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Meeting the challenges, making the changes: governing for women’s equality

By Rachel Azaria
Rachel Azaria is a Modern Orthodox Israeli politician, currently serving as a member of the Knesset for Kulanu.... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | ‘There is a place for everyone in this feminist struggle for life’: an interview with Samah...

By Samah Salaime
Samah Salaime is the founder of Na’am/Arab Women in the Center. A social worker, she lives and works... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Perhaps peace comes dropping slow: Rabbanit Tirza Kelman reflects on a trip to Northern Ireland

By Tirza Kelman
Two dozen religious Israelis met with an Irish priest. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but... Read more > February 2018

Feminism in Israel | Working for Women's Equality: A roundtable with Darkenu activists

By Polly Bronstein
Darkenu CEO Polly Bronstein chairs a roundtable of activists to discuss feminism, gender equality and women in Israel. Read more > February 2018

Jewish votes and British foreign policy: The 1930 Whitechapel by-election

By Ronnie Fraser
At the Whitechapel and St. George’s by-election on 3 December 1930 Jewish voters directly influenced British policy on... Read more > January 2018

The Netanyahu Years: an interview with Ben Caspit

By Ben Caspit
In this exclusive interview, Fathom deputy editor Calev Ben-Dor sits down with Ben Caspit, a senior columnist for... Read more > Winter 2017

Why is there no Museum of Contemporary Israeli History?

By Liam Hoare
Israeli museums, argues Liam Hoare, are a terrain of political struggle over history and memory. ‘Until these arguments... Read more > Winter 2017

BICOM-JN Conference 2017 | Speech by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry

By Emily Thornberry
This speech was delivered by the Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry at the BICOM-Jewish News Conference, held in... Read more > Autumn 2017

‘My Stability Plan offers only partial self-determination but will allow the Palestinians to thrive’: Naftali Bennett’s Bottom-Up Peace Plan

By Naftali Bennett
‘Forming a Palestinian state along the lines that many readers of Fathom believe is the way forward would... Read more > Winter 2017

‘The door won’t always remain open’: David Makovsky on the ‘Settlements and Solutions’ project

By David Makovsky
Fathom hosted a private briefing with David Makovsky, the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director... Read more > Autumn 2017

‘Trump is continuing Obama’s retreat from the world’: William Kristol on US foreign policy

By William Kristol
William Kristol is the founder and editor at large of the influential US political magazine The Weekly Standard.... Read more > Autumn 2017

‘Whatever happens in the region must come from the region’: Sir John Jenkins on Islamism, Modernity and the Middle East

By Sir John Jenkins
Sir John Jenkins is a former UK Ambassador to Syria (2007-9), Libya (2011) and Saudi Arabia (2012-5). In... Read more > Autumn 2017

The Palestinian reconciliation agreement – context, consequences and open questions

By Michael Herzog
On 1 November, the Hamas movement began the process of handing over the three Gaza border crossings to... Read more > Autumn 2017

A Proposal for a Federal Republic of Israel

By Arieh Hess and Emanuel Shahaf
The Federation Movement advocates a new political approach to peace in which Israeli law is applied to the... Read more > Autumn 2017

The Suez Crisis and the Jews of Egypt

By Lyn Julius
‘There are few greater injustices than to say about something that happened, that it did not happen’ wrote... Read more > Autumn 2017

Fathom 18 | Editorial

By Fathom Editors
Fathom 18 is a bumper issue offering 30 pieces on four broad topics: the Middle East after ISIS,... Read more > Autumn 2017

Fathom eBook | Balfour 100: The Fathom Essays

By Fathom Editors
Fathom has published a new eBook to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which you can... Read more > Autumn 2017

Fathom Forum | Reciprocal Radicalisation Hotbeds: how Islamist and far-Right extremism feed off each other

By Julia Ebner
The following remarks were made to a Fathom Forum in London on 3 October 2017. Ebner is a... Read more > Autumn 2017

Balfour 100 | Christian Zionism and the Balfour Declaration

By Gershon Shafir
Gershon Shafir argues that British Christian Zionism pre-dated practical Jewish Zionism and helped to ensure that, by the... Read more > Autumn 2017

Balfour 100 | 'Weizmann corralled the British government behind the Zionist movement': an interview with Jonathan Schneer

By Jonathan Schneer
Jonathan Schneer’s book The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict was praised by Simon Sebag Montefiore... Read more > Autumn 2017

After ISIS Symposium: Can ISIS really be defeated without legitimate local governance? | Kyle Orton

By Kyle Orton
Editorial Introduction to the Symposium: In this symposium, six experts – Kyle Orton, Aymenn al-Tamimi, Craig Whiteside, David... Read more > Autumn 2017

After ISIS Symposium: Where will ISIS regroup? | Ely Karmon

By Ely Karmon
Editorial Introduction to the Symposium: In this symposium, six experts – Kyle Orton, Aymenn al-Tamimi, Craig Whiteside, David... Read more > Autumn 2017

After ISIS Symposium: Will ISIS now target Egypt? | Michael Barak

By Michael Barak
Editorial Introduction to the Symposium: In this symposium, six experts – Kyle Orton, Aymenn al-Tamimi, Craig Whiteside, David... Read more > Autumn 2017

After ISIS Symposium: Why ISIS will survive the loss of its 'Islamic State' | Aymenn al-Tamimi

By Aymenn al-Tamimi
Editorial Introduction to the Symposium: In this symposium, six experts – Kyle Orton, Aymenn al-Tamimi, Craig Whiteside, David... Read more > Autumn 2017

After ISIS Symposium: Will the counter-insurgency tactics used to defeat ISIS help it recruit new fighters? | Craig Whiteside

By Craig Whiteside
Editorial Introduction to the Symposium: In this symposium, six experts – Kyle Orton, Aymenn al-Tamimi, Craig Whiteside, David... Read more > Autumn 2017

After ISIS Symposium: What is the scale of the threat to the UK from returning Jihadis? | David Wells

By David Wells
Editorial Introduction to the Symposium: In this symposium, six experts – Kyle Orton, Aymenn al-Tamimi, Craig Whiteside, David... Read more > Autumn 2017

BDS and DSA: the American Left loses its way

By Jo-Ann Mort
Dissent editorial board member Jo-Ann Mort, a cofounder of the Democratic Socialists of America and former vice-chair (and... Read more > Autumn 2017

Book Review | The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire

By Bruce Maddy-Weitzman
A book about the League of Nations, let alone one of its little known subsections, the Permanent Mandates... Read more > Autumn 2017

Book Review | The Endless Quest for Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A Reflection from No Man’s Land

By Lauren Mellinger
In his new memoir The Endless Quest for Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A Reflection from No Man’s Land former UN... Read more > Autumn 2017

Fathom 17 | Editorial

By Fathom Editors
Fathom 17 is a special issue to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. We have three... Read more > Summer 2017

Balfour 100 | The world of our founders: being Jewish in Palestine after Balfour

By Donna Robinson Divine
Donna Robinson Divine argues that the Zionist nation-building story, while inspiring, does not reflect the trials, pains and... Read more > Summer 2017

Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in West Germany in the 1970s: Lessons for Today

By Martin Jander
In this provocative analysis of discourse about Israel in West Germany in the 1970s, Martin Jander claims that... Read more > Summer 2017

A Deeply Rooted Anti-Zionism: Reflections from South Africa

By Milton Shain
While the degree of support for radical anti-Zionism in South Africa is often wildly exaggerated – the government... Read more > Summer 2017

The Left and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The path to righteous hatred

By Jamie Palmer
In this timely and eloquent essay, Jamie Palmer explores the impact on the politics of the Left of... Read more > Summer 2017

Book Review | All the Rivers

By Liam Hoare
It is hard to know how to talk about Dorit Rabinyan’s third novel, All the Rivers, an elegant,... Read more > Summer 2017

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas: an interview with Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon

By Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon
Fathom Assistant Editor Samuel Nurding sat down with Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon to discuss their new book... Read more > Article

Book Review | Colonialism and the Jews

By John Strawson
Jews, like other peoples, have been much affected by the history of colonialism and empire. The Babylonian exile... Read more > Article

Trump is in danger of pulling a reverse Obama

By Ilan Goldenberg
A month ago after returning from a trip to Israel, I wrote that we may be on the... Read more > Summer 2017

A future for Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding

By BICOM
BICOM and Fathom have published a new research report, A future for Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding. It has been written... Read more > Summer 2017

Book Review | The Shell

By Kyle Orton
In Syria, the West has been keen not to repeat the mistakes of Iraq — defined as being... Read more > Summer 2017

Balfour 100 | ‘Mack’: Aaron Aaronsohn, the NILI intelligence network and the Balfour Declaration

By Efraim Halevy
NILI – an acronym for the biblical Hebrew phrase, Netzakh Yisrael Lo Yeshaker, meaning ‘The Eternal One of... Read more > Summer 2017

Balfour 100 | Repairing the World: why Britain should now recognise the State of Palestine

By Elias Zananiri
Elias Zananiri, Vice-Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Committee for Interaction with the Israeli Society, argues that... Read more > Summer 2017

Balfour 100 | We need to talk about the Balfour Declaration

By Toby Greene
2017 is the hundredth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the British government’s letter of support for the establishment... Read more > Summer 2017

Balfour 100 | British policy in Palestine 1917–1925

By James Sorene
Despite issuing the Balfour Declaration in 1917 and subsequently obtaining the Mandate for Palestine from the League of... Read more > Summer 2017

Balfour 100 | Before Balfour: The Labour Party’s War Aims memorandum

By Ronnie Fraser
Ronnie Fraser tells the little-known story of the British Labour Party’s support for Zionism. Three months before the... Read more > Summer 2017

Balfour 100 | Chaim Weizmann, the Guardian and the Balfour Declaration

By Azriel Bermant
The British Prime Minister David Lloyd George believed that ChaimWeizmann would become ‘the one name that will be... Read more > Summer 2017

Book Review | Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman

By Neill Lochery
I must warn the reader at the start of this review of a couple of personal points that... Read more > Summer 2017

Book Review | Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation

By Cary Nelson
Kingdom of Olives And Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation, edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, is a... Read more > Summer 2017

Fathom 16 | Editorial

By Fathom Editors
On its 50th anniversary, this special issue of Fathom maps the causes, courses and consequences of a watershed... Read more > Spring 2017

Einat Wilf: Constructive ambiguity has not worked. Peace needs constructive specificity

By Einat Wilf
Einat Wilf is one of the most creative Israeli thinkers on the peace process. In this talk to... Read more > Article

1967 | How the Six-Day War is still transforming Israel

By Donna Robinson Divine
For most Israelis, the military victory of 1967 rescued the country from an existential threat. But for some,... Read more > Spring 2017

Fathom Forum | Professor Sammy Smooha: ‘Israeli Democracy in Comparative Perspective’

By Sammy Smooha
Sammy Smooha is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Haifa, and winner of the 2008 Israel... Read more > Article Spring 2017

1967 | 'A deal with the region should go through Ramallah’: an interview with Nidal Foqaha

By Nidal Foqaha
Nidal Foqaha is Director-General of the Palestinian Peace Coalition-Geneva Initiative in Ramallah. He served as an advisor at... Read more > Article

1967 | ‘The Palestinians won’t pay the price of peace, which is recognition’: an interview with Michael Oren

By Michael Oren
Michael Oren is a former Israeli ambassador to the US and currently serves as Deputy Minister for Diplomacy... Read more > Article

1967 | How Nasser’s vendetta against America led to the Six-Day War

By Gabriel Glickman
For 50 years historians have debated the question of what motivated Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s disastrous drift... Read more > Spring 2017

1967 | The international media and the Six-Day War

By Meron Medzini
Professor Meron Medzini served as the Director of Israel’s Government Press Office (GPO) in Jerusalem during the Six-Day... Read more > Article

1967 | As long as the Arab world views Israel as a temporary aberration to be conquered, Israel will stand...

By Einat Wilf
To bring a permanent end to the Israeli military occupation of much of the territory acquired during the... Read more > Spring 2017

‘The situation in Gaza is much worse than prior to the war in 2014’: an interview with Giora Eiland

By Giora Eiland
Giora Eiland served in the IDF for 33 years, rising to Major General. He left the IDF in... Read more > Spring 2017

1967 | Internalising defeat – the Six-Day War and the Arab world: an interview with Kanan Makiya

By Kanan Makiya
Kanan Makiya is known for two seminal books - Republic of Fear, which called attention to the cruel... Read more > Article Spring 2017

Abbas in Washington: dancing in place or moving forward?

By Daniel B. Shapiro
Writing exclusively for Fathom, Daniel B. Shapiro, former Ambassador of the United States of America to the State... Read more > Spring 2017

1967 | Why more and more Israeli Jews think the settlements are in Israel

By Oded Haklai
Oded Haklai reports on research suggesting that for the generations of Israeli Jews born after 1967, the pre-1967... Read more > Spring 2017

Book Review | A Political Theory for the Jewish People

By Nahshon Perez
A Political Theory for the Jewish People is a fascinating book, offering a rich and nuanced discussion of... Read more > Spring 2017

Ken Livingstone and the myth of Zionist ‘collaboration’ with the Nazis

By Paul Bogdanor
In this meticulous rebuttal of the former Mayor of London’s charge that ‘you had right up until the... Read more > Spring 2017

Book Review | North Korea and the Middle East

By Jack May
At a recent conference Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman identified North Korea as the greatest threat to global... Read more > Spring 2017

1967 | The wisdom of Resolution 242

By Toby Greene
The logic of UN Resolution 242 – that this is a conflict of two sides with rights and... Read more > Spring 2017

Book review | Israel and Palestine Alternative Perspectives on Statehood

By John Strawson
It is extraordinary that 70 years after the UN partition resolution we are still discussing the future of... Read more > Spring 2017

New thinking on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process: towards a hybrid approach

By BICOM
The peace process is currently at an impasse. Bringing the parties together for another intensive effort at reaching... Read more > Article Spring 2017

1967 | Don’t believe the hype: the settlers have not made the two-state solution unachievable

By Orni Petruschka and Gilead Sher
After 50 years of Israeli control over the West Bank, increasing numbers believe that a ‘two states for... Read more > Article Spring 2017

On Chaim Gans on the Jewish Diaspora

By Michael Walzer
Fathom has invited a series of writers to respond to Chaim Gans’s A Political Theory for the Jewish... Read more > Spring 2017

Response to Michael Walzer’s ‘On Chaim Gans on the Jewish Diaspora’

By Chaim Gans
Writing in Fathom Michael Walzer responded to the discussion of diaspora Jews in Chaim Gans’s book A Political... Read more > Spring 2017

‘I did not leave the Likud, the Likud left me’: an interview with Moshe Ya’alon

By Moshe Ya'alon
Moshe Ya'alon is a former Chief of Staff for the IDF and served under the Netanyahu government for... Read more > Spring 2017

1967 | Remembering the Six-Day War

By Michael Walzer
One of America’s foremost political thinkers, Michael Walzer wrote his seminal book Just and Unjust Wars in 1977.... Read more > Spring 2017

1967 | The Six-Day War and Israeli society: an interview with Yossi Klein Halevi

By Yossi Klein Halevi
Yossi Klein Halevi is the author of the acclaimed book Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers... Read more > Spring 2017