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Fathom Highlight | A Proposal for a Federal Republic of Israel / 14 November / 2017

Our Fathom Highlight this week is a new, provocative essay by Emanuel Shahaf and Arieh Hess, co-Chairs of the Federation Movement in Israel, who outline their proposal and rationale for a federal solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We also showcase a keynote speech by UK Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry at this year’s BICOM-Jewish News Conference.

Our Voice of the Week is the 2017 BICOM-Jewish News conference panel discussion titled ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East’. BICOM CEO James Sorene, Israeli Maj.-Gen. Amos Gilad and Sir John Jenkins, former UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, are moderated by The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland.

Our Image of the Week is an emergency earthquake training drill carried out by IDF Home Front Command and Ichilov Hospital workers, outside the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, 9 November 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 West Bank and Arab residents receive Israeli citizenship. The land would be divided into cantons; autonomous districts managing their internal affairs, all under the auspices of a federal constitution which would guarantee the rights of all. Each canton will have its own government and representative council, which will legislate local law and administer education, local government, policing, planning and housing, and the...

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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 London on 2 November 2017 to commemorate...

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