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Fathom Highlight | Fathom Review of Books / November 22 / 2016

The Highlight this week is our quarterly Fathom Review of Books. Read James Sorene on Matti Friedman’s award-winning and best-selling Pumpkin Flowers, Liam Hoare on Amos Oz’s latest novel Judas, historian Colin Shindler on Avi Shilon’s study of Ben-Gurion last years, and scholar of antisemitism Philip Spencer on Dave Rich’s The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism.

Our voice of the week is Haaretz columnist Peter Beinart speaking on a CNN panel about the controversial appointment of Steve Bannon to be Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist.

Our photo of the week is from the archives. Ten years ago Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat during their meeting at the Erez Checkpoint in the Gaza Strip, 04 /09 /1996. GPO / Flickr.

Book Review │ Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War

by James Sorene

Israel’s military operations always have a name. As a mark of his achievement in June 1967, Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin was granted the honour of naming the war in which he had masterminded such a significant victory. With typical understatement, Rabin cast aside the dramatic and bombastic suggestions of his staff and named it simply ‘the Six-Day War’. In Matti Friedman’s book, names and their absence are a recurring theme. In this powerful memoir he chronicles what he calls...

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Book Review │ Judas
by Liam Hoare

Amos Oz was 14 when, two years after his mother took her own life, he left the city of his birth, Jerusalem, for Kibbutz Hulda....

Book Review | Ben-Gurion: His Later Years in the Political Wilderness
by Colin Shindler

This latest work from Avi Shilon describes in detail Ben-Gurion’s last decade – from stepping down as prime minister in June 1963 until his death...

Book Review | The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism
by Philip Spencer

To say this is a timely book is something of an understatement. Over the past few months, evidence has been systematically accumulating that the British...

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