Donald Neff

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Donald Lloyd Neff (October 15, 1930 – May 10, 2015) was an American historian[1] and journalist. Born in York, Pennsylvania, he spent 16 years in service for Time, and was a former Time bureau chief in Israel.[2] He also worked for the Washington Star.

Neff served in the army from 1948 until 1950. After college studies he became a journalist in 1954, and, after a number of positions, joined the Los Angeles Times in 1960 and became their Tokyo correspondent.[3]


Neff joined Time magazine in 1965, and, based in Saigon, covered the Vietnam War for two years. He was then appointed Time's bureau chief in Houston,[3] (where he covered the Apollo moon landing). He worked as Time magazine's Jerusalem Bureau Chief[4] before leaving the magazine in 1979. He wrote a retrospective piece in 1995 detailing the change in his pro-Zionist perspective during his years as correspondent in the Middle East.[5]

Neff thereafter wrote mainly for the London-based Middle East International and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. He authored several books, including a trilogy on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Neff died in York, Pennsylvania on May 10, 2015 of heart disease and diabetes, aged 84.

His Warriors Against Israel, according to Archibald B. Roosevelt argued that Henry Kissinger moved the United States from a role as neutral broker in the Middle East, to one in which it was a partner in a strong alliance with Israel.[3]


In 1980 he received the O.P.C.'s Mary Hemingway Award for best magazine reporting from abroad.[6]

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