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Ehud Ya'ari is an Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

i journalist, author, television personality and political commentator.


Ehud Ya'ari was born in 1945. He was married to Hava Ya'ari. They divorced after she was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

Media career

Ehud Ya'ari is an expert on Middle East
Middle East
The Middle East is a region that encompasses Western Asia and Northern Africa. It is often used as a synonym for Near East, in opposition to Far East...

ern affairs. He is the author of eight books on the Arab-Israeli conflict, some in collaboration with Ze'ev Schiff
Ze'ev Schiff
Ze'ev Schiff was an Israeli journalist and military correspondent for Ha'aretz....

. He has interviewed Yasser Arafat
Yasser Arafat
Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini , popularly known as Yasser Arafat or by his kunya Abu Ammar , was a Palestinian leader and a Laureate of the Nobel Prize. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization , President of the Palestinian National Authority...

, King Hussein of Jordan
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 and his son Abdullah
Abdullah II of Jordan
Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein is the reigning King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He ascended the throne on 7 February 1999 after the death of his father King Hussein. King Abdullah, whose mother is Princess Muna al-Hussein, is a member of the Hashemite family...

, President Husni Mubarak of Egypt
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, almost all Israeli prime ministers
Prime Minister of Israel
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 since Menachem Begin
Menachem Begin
' was a politician, founder of Likud and the sixth Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Before independence, he was the leader of the Zionist militant group Irgun, the Revisionist breakaway from the larger Jewish paramilitary organization Haganah. He proclaimed a revolt, on 1 February 1944,...

 (including Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin
' was an Israeli politician, statesman and general. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms in office, 1974–77 and 1992 until his assassination in 1995....

), Bashar al-Assad
Bashar al-Assad
Bashar al-Assad is the President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Ba'ath Party. His father Hafez al-Assad ruled Syria for 29 years until his death in 2000. Al-Assad was elected in 2000, re-elected in 2007, unopposed each time.- Early Life :...

, Muammar al-Gaddafi
Muammar al-Gaddafi
Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi or "September 1942" 20 October 2011), commonly known as Muammar Gaddafi or Colonel Gaddafi, was the official ruler of the Libyan Arab Republic from 1969 to 1977 and then the "Brother Leader" of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 1977 to 2011.He seized power in a...

 and others. Today, Ya'ari is a political commentator for Israel's Channel 2
Channel 2 (Israel)
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 news. Yaari is an associate editor of The Jerusalem Report
The Jerusalem Report
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 and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Washington Institute for Near East Policy
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is a think tank based in Washington, D.C. focused on United States foreign policy in the Middle East. It was established by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in 1985...

. He is also Senior Fellow at the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies. Ya'ari has published articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthly.


  • Israeli Press Editors-in-Chief prize for coverage of the peace process with Egypt
  • Sokolov Prize for coverage of the Lebanon War
  • Israel Broadcasting Award for coverage of the Gulf War

Published works

  • "Fatah" (Sabra Books, 1971)
  • "Egypt's Policy Towards Israel in the Fifties" (1974)
  • "A Guide to Egypt" (1982)
  • "The Year of the Dove", co-authored with Ze'ev Schiff (Bantam, 1979)
  • "Israel's Lebanon War" (Simon and Schuster, 1984)
  • "Intifada", co-authored with Ze'ev Schiff (Simon and Schuster, 1990)
  • "Toward Israeli-Palestinian Disengagement" and “Peace by Piece: A Decade of Egyptian Policy”.

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