Welcome to Einat Wilf’s new Fathom column. A former MK and now a roving global ambassador for Israel and Zionism, she will send a quarterly dispatch from life at ‘the front.’ In this inaugural column she highlights the importance of delegations to Israel as the best tool to help people think in more nuanced ways about Israel.
Policy & Politics
- Einat Wilf | Dispatches from the front: a quarterly report from a roving ambassador for Israel
- Ladan Boroumand | Václav Havel’s legacy and the struggle for human rights in Iran today
- Gidi Grinstein and Daphna Kaufman | Time for a Revolution in Israel’s Global Engagement
- Jonathan Spyer | Disaster in the Levant: the Syrian Civil War in its fourth year
- David Newman | Demarcating the Israeli-Palestinian Border
- Ofer Zalzberg | Israel’s National-Religious Jews and the quest for peace
- Manuel Hassassian and Raphael Cohen-Almagor | The Two-State Solution: The Way Forward
- Toby Greene | Mutual recognition is essential for a solution
Ladan Boroumand is the cofounder and research director of The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (ABF), an NGO dedicated to the promotion of human rights and democracy in Iran. In this essay she reflects on the inspirational legacy for human rights advocates of Václav Havel (1936-2011) – the antitotalitarian dissident and playwright, the last president of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) and the first president of the Czech Republic (1992-2003). Following the essay is a case study – the poet Hashem Sha’baninejad was hanged by the Iranian regime in January 2014 for ‘waging war against God’ – produced by Omid, the Foundation’s online memorial to every single known person executed or extra-judicially killed by the Islamic Republic.
Israel needs a revolution in how it thinks about foreign relations. To meet huge external challenges it needs a global web of good relations, but the resources available to the government are limited. The gap can only be filled by Israel’s civil society.
The Syrian Civil War is now grinding on into its fourth year. Over 150,000 people have died, and tens more are being killed every day in the ongoing fighting. Millions have lost their homes. Many will almost certainly never return to them. This is by far the greatest disaster to have hit the Levant in…
One reason for the foundering of the recent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks was the failure of the parties to agree the line of the border separating Israel and a Palestinian state. David Newman examines the history of the border question, the key factors involved in reaching agreement, and brings to light challenging new proposals for ‘extra-territorial exclaves’, that may have to be considered for a two-state solution to remain viable.
The Middle East Peace Process has often marginalised the voice of the ‘National-Religious,’ or ‘Religious Zionist’ Jews. Ofer Zalzberg argues that this has been a mistake. Drawing on the fruits of a major report produced by the International Crisis Group, he sets out why it is vital to include religious Zionism in the quest for peace, and how its support or at least its acquiescence might be secured.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PLO) have been negotiating peace since 1993. The present reports are not optimistic. To build genuine peace, it is essential to have trust, good will and mutual security. We believe that if there is a will, there is a way. Peace is a precious commodity and therefore requires a high…
Though it contains much that can be challenged, the joint paper by Professor Manuel Hassassian and Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor published in Fathom is welcome for two reasons: first the support shown for the parallel recognition of Israel’s Jewish character alongside recognition of a Palestinian state; and second, the positive approach shown to breaking the deadlock through…