Israel’s Place in the New, Unstable Middle East
David Horovitz examines the fresh challenges facing Israel as it seeks to maintain and widen relations with its neighbors, and protect itself against the threat posed by Iran and other Islamist forces, amid the current Middle East turmoil. As a leading Israeli journalist, he brings insights and analyses based on his daily working interactions with Israel’s political and security chiefs, but also offers the very personal perspective of a British-born immigrant, husband and father, who chose to raise his family in Israel and now has children entering the army.
The Iranian Threat and How to Thwart It
David Horovitz examines the dangers posed to Israel and the rest of the free world by the Islamist leadership of Iran -- detailing the progress Teheran is making toward nuclear weapons and the goals behind its sponsorship of Hezbollah and Hamas to Israel’s north and south and its long-range missile program. He assesses the successes and failures of the international effort to dissuade the regime, including sanctions and sabotage, and looks at potential military options against the background of past thwarted efforts by Middle East nations to go nuclear.
The Campaign to Delegitimize Israel
David Horovitz identifies the key factors in the escalating campaign to demonize and delegitimize Israel. He focuses on two areas: the changing nature of the conflicts into which Israel is being drawn, where conventional war has been superseded by asymmetrical missile warfare, in which Israel is castigated for firing back at enemies that target its civilians from amidst their own civilian populace; and the effort to separate Israel from its Jewish sovereign history, by misrepresenting it as a fundamentally illegitimate, colonial implant. He also explains how Israel and its supporters can use traditional and new media to better disseminate a fair-minded narrative.
A Personal Take on Israel
British-born Horovitz has spent all of his working life as a journalist in Israel and offers a unique overview into the realities of this most addictive and complex of countries. He discusses its regional challenges, the dilemmas of peace-making, and internal social, economic and religious issues. He looks at the successes of Israel’s absorption of immigrants, explains the flourishing of Israel’s remarkable hi-tech economy, discusses the revival of Hebrew and much more, in a talk filled with personal anecdote, hard fact and good humor.
David Horovitz is the founding editor of The Times of Israel, the Jerusalem-based current affairs website that launched in February 2012. The Times of Israel, which provides independent coverage of Israel, the region and the Jewish world, is the fastest-growing news site in the Jewish world, and now also publishes in French, Chinese and Arabic.
Horovitz was previously editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post (from 2004-2011). Before that, he was editor and publisher of the award-winning newsmagazine The Jerusalem Report.
He has written from Israel for newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Irish Times and (London) Independent, and is a frequent interviewee on CNN, the BBC, Sky, Fox News, NPR and other TV and radio stations.
Horovitz lectures widely in Israel, the United States and Europe on Israeli current affairs, regularly giving the introductory briefing on Israel to Congressional delegations brought to Israel under the aegis of AIPAC.
He has conducted landmark interviews with a succession of Israeli and international figures, including all of Israel’s recent prime ministers, Presidents Barack Obama (when he visited Israel as a candidate) and George Bush, as well as Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and, to the particular delight of his children, Paul McCartney.
Horovitz is the author of 2004’s Still Life with Bombers: Israel in the Age of Terrorism, and 2000’s A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel, both published in the US by Knopf. He edited and co-wrote The Jerusalem Report’s 1996 biography of Yitzhak Rabin, Shalom, Friend, which was published in 12 countries and won the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Non-Fiction. He was the recipient of 2005’s JDC award for journalism on Israel and Diaspora Affairs, and winner of the 1995 Bnai Brith World Center award for journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Bnai Brith’s lifetime achievement journalism award.
Horovitz immigrated to Israel from London in 1983. He is married to Lisa and they have three children.