David Landau (journalist)
Maurice David Landau OBE (22 June 1947 – 27 January 2015) was a British/Israeli journalist and newspaper editor. Landau was editor-in-chief of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz from 2004 to 2008. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the paper's English edition from 1997 to 2004. Before joining Haaretz in 1997, Landau was the diplomatic correspondent of The Jerusalem Post for 12 years, and its managing editor for four years. After leaving Haaretz Landau became the Israel correspondent for The Economist.
David Landau grew up in the Golders Green neighborhood of London. In the early 1960s, he studied at the Haredi Slabodka yeshiva in Bnei Brak. During the Six-Day War, he was an overseas student at the Hebron Yeshiva in Jerusalem. In 1970, after completing a degree in law at University College London, he settled permanently in Jerusalem.
Landau, an Orthodox Jew, was married to Jackie, a rehabilitation teacher of visually impaired children. They had three children together.
Landau died in Israel in 2015. For his obituary, The Economist wrote: "Mr Landau was a writer of wit and integrity whose thirst for justice for Palestinians and for a better understanding of Israel across the world was paramount. He will be sorely and widely missed."
Landau worked as a volunteer intern for The Jerusalem Post in 1967, after refusing to return home during the Six-Day War despite his family's entreaties. Landau was the first Israeli journalist to interview Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. While working for The Jerusalem Post, he was one of the organizers who staged a walkout of journalists in 1990, claiming the paper's new owner was commandeering its editorial line and seeking to turn the paper into a platform for right-wing views. Landau's book, Piety and Power: The World of Jewish Fundamentalism, was published in 1993. In 1996, Landau collaborated with former prime minister Shimon Peres on his memoirs, Battling for Peace. Landau stepped down as editor-in-chief of Haaretz in April 2008, remaining a member of the editorial staff. He was replaced by Dov Alfon. In 2014, Landau published Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon, a biography of Ariel Sharon commissioned by the New York publishing house Alfred A. Knopf.
In 2007, Landau stirred up controversy when he reportedly told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that "Israel wants to be raped by the U.S." in order to achieve a peaceful settlement with the Palestinians and that it would be like a "wet dream" for him to see this happen. In an interview with New York-based Jewish Week, Landau admitted to making a similar remark: "I did say that in general, Israel wants to be raped — I did use that word — by the U.S., and I myself have long felt Israel needed more vigorous U.S. intervention in the affairs of the Middle East."
According to The Jerusalem Post, in 2007 Landau said he had told his staff not to report about criminal investigations against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in order to promote Sharon's 2004–2005 Gaza disengagement plan.
- Piety and Power: The World of Jewish Fundamentalism. Hill & Wang. 1993. ISBN 978-0809076055.
- Shimon Peres (1995). Battling for Peace: A Memoir. Random House. ISBN 978-0679436171. (Coauthor)
- Shimon Peres (2012). Ben Gurion: A Political Life. Schocken Books. ISBN 9780805242829. (Coauthor)
- Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon. Alfred A. Knopf. 2014. ISBN 978-1400042418.
- Stephen Glain (24 September 2007). "Ha'aretz: Israel's Liberal Beacon". The Nation. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Haaretz, Israel: new editor-in-chief". Editors Weblog. February 13, 2004. Archived from the original on 2 August 2007.
- The Jewish Chronicle[dead link]
- "16 Things that Amos Schocken Didn't Know About David Landau". Shofar News (in Hebrew). 30 March 2004. p. 14.
- Sivan Rahav-Meir; Yedidia Meir (12 April 2006). "Religious Zionism - disengaged". Haaretz. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "David Landau: Seeker of truth and peace". The Economist. 31 Jan 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- Religious Zionism - disengaged, Haaretz
- "Journalism - Events - David Landau". U.C. Berkeley.[dead link]
- Sabra Chartrand (2 January 1990). "Editor's Note; Outcry Erupts at The Jerusalem Post Over New Publisher's Editorial Bent". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Dov Alfon named as new Haaretz editor-in-chief". Haaretz. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- John Reed (17 January 2014). "'Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon,' by David Landau". Financial Times. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- The London Gazette: . 14 June 2014.
- "Former Haaretz editor David Landau made OBE". i24news. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- Gary Rosenblatt (28 December 2007). "Haaretz Editor Urged Rice To 'Rape' Israel". The Jewish Week. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Ha'aretz editor: Israel wants to be raped". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "I implore You" ... "Israel wants to be raped"
- Haviv Rettig Gur. "Limmud diary: Creme de la Kremlin?". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- Ruthie Blum Leibowitz. "Media Matters: Peripheral vision - one Acre and half a dunam". Retrieved 6 October 2014.