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David Ze’ev

Diplomatic and political correspondent at Israel Radio

Travels from Beit Shemesh, Israel

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability or contact the speaker directly.


Media and Current Events, Inside Israel and US Government


David Ze’ev is marking 30 years of reporting in and on Israel, and more than 20 years as a diplomatic and political correspondent at Israel Radio. He has briefed missions visiting Israel from across North America, and has traveled to the US to speak to university and Jewish audiences, most on behalf of the Jewish Federations and Jewish National Fund. He has spoken from Maryland and Florida in the East to California in the West.

David has also been a guest on several American talk shows that toured Israel, interviewed on radio stations coast-to-coast.

David’s three decades years of reporting in Israel, as well as his native New York background, have given him a special ability to connect with American audiences. His years of living the Israeli experience from the US perspective have made him a sought-after speaker.

David would provide your community with an up-close look at the corridors of power, from his daily reporting in the Knesset and top-level interviews with diplomats, cabinet ministers and other newsmakers on his “Weekend Report” on Israel Radio. Your community would be treated to a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes, getting a better understanding of the latest news, and the people who make the decisions.

David arrived in Israel from New York in February 1981 straight out of Queens College, where he earned a degree in journalism, soon taking on a position at Israel Radio. After first anchoring newscasts and hosting science and sports programs, he covered the Demjanjuk war crimes trial in 1987 and ’88. In June 1989, he became Knesset correspondent, and has since covered the diplomatic and political beats during the terms of Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Binyamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert. Throughout these years, he’s worked as an Israeli consultant for BBC, Reuters and Sky News, and periodically reports for CBS Radio.

In addition to his acclaimed style of conducting sharp interviews, David has broken stories over the past few decades that became national headlines, from an exclusive conversation with a Jordanian foreign minister who exposed the late King Hussein’s disdain for Prime Minister Netanyahu, to an expose over racist comments made by the late Knesset Member Rehavam Ze’evi against Arabs, which prompted a Knesset investigation. David also exposed how then-Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin used government resources to promote talks with the PLO when such contacts were still illegal in Israel.

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  •  The Netanyahu Government: Will It Last?
  • Stop Apologizing: Israel's War on Terror
  • A Guide for the Politically Perplexed
  • Israel's Leaders: the Personalities Behind the Name


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