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Ahimeir was born in Ramat Gan in 1938, the son of the Revisionist Zionist leader Abba Ahimeir. He was named after Ya'akov Raz, a fighter in one of the Israel's pre-state Jewish undergrounds, who died after he had intentionally infected his own wounds in order not to be caught by the British secret police, and also Shlomo [Ya'akov] Ben-Yosef, known as the first of the Olei Hagardom. He grew up in Jerusalem and graduated from "Dvir" gymnasium. He earned a degree in history and political science from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He began his journalism career working for Herut LaNoar. During the 60s he spend time in London and served as broadcaster in the BBC's Hebrew broadcastings, a daily short broadcastings in Hebrew that was transmitted to Israel via shortwave.
Since the 1970s, Ahimeir has been a broadcaster on Kol Yisrael and Channel 1. He served as a political reporter and as a correspondent from Washington D.C.. During his dozens of years of journalistic work, he covered many of Israel's important political events. Among them, he was on the ramp of the plane that landed Anwar El Sadat, then president of Egypt, on 19 November 1979. He was also among the prominent reporters who covered the disengagement plan, in August 2005.
Ahimeir is now a current affairs editor and presenter in Israel's public Channel 1, and the editor and presenter of the Saturday night foreign news and culture magazine show "Ro'im Olam" (Seeing the World), on channel 1, and aperiodic, he also appears on HaBoker HaZeh ("This morning") on Kol Yisrael public radio. In addition, he is among the presenters of the prominent political radio talk show "Yesh im mi Ledaber" ("There is someone to talk to") on Israel Army Radio, during which, a call-in conversations with the show's listeners are being conducted on current affairs issues. Ahimeir also has published many articles and opinion columns in the Maariv and Israel HaYom daily newspapers.
Ahimeir is also a 2005 Sokolov Award winner on journalistic life work and his thorough and responsible work on covering the comprehensive issues in the Israeli society and the world. In addition, Ahimeir is also the "media critic award" winner from "Zkhut HaTzibur Lada'at" ("The public's right to know") association.
In 2012, he was awarded the Israel Prize in the field of communications.
His brother, Yosef, is also a journalist and former politician.
- Ben-Shaul, Nitzan (2007-03-28). A Violent World: TV News Images of Middle Eastern Terror and War. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 119–. ISBN 978-0-7425-3799-6. Retrieved 14 June 2011.