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Fathom Highlight | The Last Dove and the Trump Plan / February 11 / 2020

Our Fathom Highlight this week leads with former Israeli Prime Minister (2006-2009) Ehud Olmert, who talks about his life in politics, his role in peace talks with the Palestinians and his views on contemporary Israeli politics. For a contrasting perspective, Fathom interviews the President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, Efraim Inbar. Inbar assesses the historical context for the Trump plan, especially in relation to the 1968 ‘Allon Plan’. We are seeking book reviewers for Fathom. If you are interested in contributing, please see our new Fathom Book Review page below.

Our Voice of the Week comes from the Middle East Institute’s Middle East Focus podcast, wherein host Alistair Taylor analyses the proliferating conflict in Libya and how it fits into the broader context of civil wars in the Middle East. Alistair’s guests include former US Special Envoy for Libya, Jonathan M. Winer, and faculty member at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Ross Harrison.

Our Image of the Week shows clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces during a protests against President Trump’s recently announced Middle East plan, in Hebron on the West Bank, February 7, 2020.

The Last Dove: an interview with Ehud Olmert

by Tal Kra-Oz

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was one of Ariel Sharon’s closest political allies; in 2005 the two crossed the political Rubicon hand in hand. The men who had left Likud still believed in Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall, but thought it needed to move west, across the Jordan River, and be erected – literally and figuratively – more or less along the Green Line. Olmert’s effort to strike that deal with the Palestinians in 2008 failed, but not by much. Tal...

Voice of the Week


Image of the Week


The genesis of the Trump plan lies in the Israeli Left | An interview with Efraim Inbar
by Efraim Inbar

Professor Efraim Inbar tells Fathom deputy editor Neri Zilber about the delusions of the Oslo Peace Process, the old “Allon Plan” for the territorial division...

Fathom Book Reviews
by Fathom Editors

The Fathom editorial team are seeking reviewers. If you would like to review one of the books below for Fathom, suggest another book to review, or would...

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