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Akiva Eldar (Hebrew: עקיבא אלדר born November 27, 1945) is an Israeli columnist for Almonitor.com and author. He was a chief political columnist and editorial writer for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, where he worked for 35 years—his final column in English for the paper appeared on 13 November 2012. He also wrote columns for the Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun, lectured at Tel Aviv University's School of Journalism and worked as a consultant for CBS News.
Akiva Eldar graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he majored in economics, political Science and psychology.
He served as spokesperson for former Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek. He was a reporter and editor at the Kol Yisrael. Eldar began working for Haaretz in 1978. In 1983–1993 he was the diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz. In 1993–1996 he served as Haaretz United States Bureau Chief and Washington, D.C., correspondent, covering the peace process, Israel–United States relations, American issues and Israel–Diaspora relations. He was a special consultant to Abba Eban's PBS television documentaries on the history of Israel and the Oslo accords.
Views and opinions
Eldar was described as one of several journalists "who could not bring themselves to criticize the Arabs even when two Israelis were savagely murdered by a mob in Ramallah". His support for the Palestinian position was called "absolute". Eldar, responded that "I admit to being guilty as charged. I am a journalist with a mission, and also no small amount of passion. Every Israeli with a conscience, in particular one who watches reality from up close on a daily basis, cannot write about the occupation from an objective observer's neutral point of view." In a response op-ed, Calev Ben-David wrote that if Eldar is not empathetic of the Israelis' concerns, he will do little "to advance the Palestinian cause, as he merely preaches to the converted and makes his own conscience feel cleaner in the process".
Akiva Eldar is the co-author of the biography of Shimon Peres; he is also the coauthor (with Prof. Idith Zertal) of book Lords of the Land: The War Over Israel's Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967–2007 (Nation Books, 2007) ISBN 1-56858-370-2.
In October 2007, Eldar won the annual Eliav-Sartawi award for Middle Eastern journalism, awarded by Search for Common Ground, an international conflict transformation organization, sharing it with Jordanian journalist Salameh Nematt. In 2010, Akiva won a Peace through Media Award at the sixth annual International Media Awards hosted by the International Council for Press and Broadcasting in London.
- "Latest Articles by Akiva Eldar". Haaretz. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- Akiva Eldar (13 November 2012). "Before the 1967 lines retire, too". Haaretz. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- Eldar, Akiva (26 May 2008). "On Not Passing Israel's 'Lynch Test'". The Nation. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- Ben-David, Calev (15 May 2008). "Between the Lines: Barbara's audition, Rafi's sign-off and Akiva's confession". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
- Asaf Carmel (8 November 2007). "Akiva Eldar wins journalism prize". Haaretz. Retrieved 5 October 2014.