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Amotz Asa-El

Middle East commentator for Wall Street Journal/MarketWatch; Fellow, the Shalom Hartman Institute; Former Executive Editor, the Jerusalem Post

Travels from Jerusalem, Israel

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Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs, Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History, Media and Current Events


Amotz Asa-El, the former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post, is the Jeusalem Post's senior commentator, Middle East commentator at Dow Jones', and a public speaker on the Middle East, Israel, and the Jewish world.

* Asa-El's weekly column, Middle Israel, appears regularly for the twentieth year now, and is a unique attempt to present in English the average Israeli's view on anything, from politics and religion to business and culture. Asa-El has been quoted or published along the years by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, TIME magazine, the Daily Telegraph, the New Republic, Le Figaro, L'Express, Azure, Harvard Political Review, the Australian, the Australia Financial Review, Jornal do Brasil, the India Times, Politiken and others.

* Having originally joined the Jerusalem Post as its business editor , Asa-El was later the Post's news editor and editor-in-chief of its overseas edition, the International Jerusalem Post, before serving as the Jerusalem Post's executive editor. 

In these positions, Asa-El led the Post's editorial line that blended economic conservatism, diplomatic pragmatism, political reform and cultural pluralism. Meanwhile, he oversaw the redesign of the daily Jerusalem Post, the remodeling of its weekend magazines and supplements, and the reinvention of the International Jerusalem Post as an independent news weekly.

* A highly demanded speaker, Amotz Asa-El has been invited on lecture tours to the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand where he addressed diplomats, legislators, journalists, clergy, business leaders and academic forums on issues relating to Middle Eastern, international and Jewish affairs. His lectures were sponsored among others by AIPAC, JNF, ADL, the American Jewish Committee, the Canada Israel Committee, the Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council, United Israel Appeal, Hadassah and Bnai Brith, as well as a variety of universities from Harvard and Columbia to the University of Melbourne and the Royal Military College of Canada.

* Since joining the Jerusalem Post Asa-El has been a frequent commentator of Middle Eastern affairs on BBC, NPR, CNN and IBA English News. 

Prior to joining the Post, Asa-El was a Foreign Correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Foreign Editor of the Hebrew-language financial daily Telegraph. Now, as the "View From Jerusalem" columnist for the Wall Street Journal/MarketWatch, Asa-El comments regularly on macro-economic, financial and social developments in Israel, the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. 

* Author of The Diaspora and the Lost Tribes of Israel (Universe, 2004), which traces the wanderings of the Jews since antiquity, Asa-El's writing on Diaspora affairs has been awarded twice (1998 and 2004) by Bnai Brith. His book was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal as "an engaging history of the Jewish experience" that "vividly captures the creativity and nomadic quality of the Jewish people." 

* Asa-El is also an executive board member of the Paris-based Alliance Israelite, the oldest international Jewish organization in the world; a co-founder of the Hebrew opinion journal "Eretz Aheret" and a member of its editorial board; and an editorial-board member of the Encyclopedia of the Diaspora alongside Nathan Sharanski, Sir Martin Gilbert and Professors Jehuda Reinharz, Jonathan Sarna and Sergio DellaPergola.

* Asa-El holds advanced degrees from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York and the Hebrew University's Jewish History Department in Jerusalem.

He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Nurit and their three children.

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