April 17, 1954 |
Tel Aviv, Israel
Ben-Dror Yemini was born in Tel-Aviv to a Yemenite Jewish family. He studied Humanities and History at Tel Aviv University and then pursued a degree in law. After graduation, he worked as an advisor to the Israeli Minister of Immigration Absorption and then became spokesman of the Ministry.
In 1984, he began his career as a journalist. His book Political Punch is a critique of politics and society in Israel. Since 2003, Yemini has been the opinion page editor of Maariv.
Most of his newspaper articles are intended to refute what he regards as anti-Israel claims. He has published articles about the Israeli-Arab conflict in which he examines the issues of genocide, refugees, Palestinian and Arab capital, the status of Israeli Arabs, multiculturalism and the status of women. He argues that "anti-Zionism is politically correct anti-Semitism": the same way Jews were demonized, Israel is being demonized; the same way the right of Jews to exist was denied, the right for self-determination is denied to Israel; and the same way Jews were presented as a menace to the world, Israel is presented as a menace to the world.
Yemini is Zionist but describes himself as a left winger. While considered by some to be conservative, Yemini defends the rights of critics of academic leftists and claims he has been mislabeled as a right-winger and has a "long track record in the Israeli peace camp"; he also claims to have met with Yasser Arafat in Tunis, as well as having several friends who are PLO officials. He is a long-time believer in a two-state solution, but believes Israel should have the same right of self-determination as the Palestinians. In 2012, while being fully supportive of Israel's motive behind Operation Pillar of Defense, Yemini expressed his support in "[making] a move which no one expects – follow a unilateral cease-fire by inviting Hamas to peace talks."
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- Yemini, Ben Dror (20 April 2007). "The trap of self-delusion". Maariv.
- Ben-Dror Yemini (April 28, 2010). "Ben-Dror, Calm Down". Ben-Dror Yemini's blog (in hebrew). Maariv. Retrieved December 05, 2012.
- "ימני או שמאלני? (from Hebrew: Left wing or Right wing?)". Maariv. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- Vick, Karl (April 29, 2012). "Israel: Another Former Top Security Aide Criticizes Netanyahu". Time magazine. Retrieved December 05, 2012.
- "Israeli Academic Extremism". isracampus.org.il. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- Ben Dror Yemini, ABC News Breakfast (November 15, 2012). People forget Hamas is terrorist group: Israeli journalist. ABC News (Australia). Retrieved December 05, 2012.
- Burston, Bradley. "A plea to Israel from the right: End the Gaza war now". Haaretz. Retrieved December 05, 2012.
- A selection of Ben Dror Yemini's articles in English
- Ben Dror Yemini's articles about Operation Cast Lead (2008/9) in English and other languages