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Fathom Highlight | A question of leadership: Amir Peretz on Shimon Peres / 28 December / 2016

Israeli leadership has been vital to the construction of the State of Israel and the defeat of threats to its existence. This week’s Highlight is an assessment of Shimon Peres by MK Amir Peretz. He focuses on two qualities: mamlakhtiyut (statesmanship) and the pursuit of peace. In addition, the Highlight features five archive pieces on Israeli leaders (Ben-Gurion, Begin, Rabin, Sharon, and Netanyahu) and how each shaped the state.

Our voice of the week is of a panel discussion organised by the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings on ‘The tribes of Israel: Secularism, religion, and the state’. Leon Wieseltier moderates Isaiah Berlin, MK Ksenia Svetlova, Noah Efron, Rabbi Dov Lipman and Elana Stein Hain, 13 December 2016.

Our image of the week is Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter attending a protest in Jerusalem over a battle on control of the synagogue in Arad, and against the secular mayor Nissam Ben Hamo, 22 December 2016.

Mamlakhtiyut, peace and the dangerous rise of populism: In memory of Shimon Peres

by Amir Peretz | December 28, 2016

Amir Peretz is a Member of Knesset (Labor Party), former defence minister and former minister for the protection of the environment. He has also served as chair of the Labor Party, head of the Histadrut – Israel’s trade union federation – and Mayor of his hometown Sderot. In this article, he focuses on two components of Shimon Peres’ life: his mamlakhtiyut (statesmanship) and pursuit of peace, arguing that these provide a basis to respond to the rising threat of populism....

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