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Avi Issacharoff in 2018

Avi Issacharoff (Hebrew: אבי יששכרוף‎) is an Israeli journalist known for his focus on Palestinian affairs.[1] He is Middle East analyst for The Times of Israel and its sister news portal Walla!.[2] and the Palestinian and Arab Affairs Correspondent for Haaretz,

Issacharoff was born in Jerusalem.[3] He is a graduate of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and Literature from Tel Aviv University.[3]

Issacharoff was Middle Eastern Affairs Correspondent for Israel Radio. In 2004, Issacharoff co-wrote with Amos Harel, "The Seventh War: How we won and why we lost the war with the Palestinians", a book about the second Intifadah, winner of the 2005 Chechic award . In 2008, they wrote a second book, "34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah and the War in Lebanon", about the war of 2006, winner also of 2009 the Chechic award[3].

From 2005 until 2012, he was the Palestinian and Arab affairs correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.[3] He is a former correspondent with Israel Radio where he won the 2002 "Best Reporter" award for his coverage of the Second Intifada.[2][3] He has written and directed short documentary films broadcast on television in Israel.[2]

In 2014 Issacharoff and a cameraman were attacked and beaten by "masked Palestinian rioters" while covering a violent protest demonstration at Beitunia. According to Issacharoff's account, the two were set upon after a Palestinian journalist pointed them out to the crowd as Israelis.[4][5]

He is the co-author of the TV series Fauda, winner in 2016 of 6 Ophir awards and in 2018 of 11 Ophir awards by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television[6],[7].


  • The Seventh War: How we won and why we lost the war with the Palestinians. with Amos Harel. 2004 (Winner of the 2005 Chechic award for outstanding security research.)[3] It was translated into French and Arabic.[2][8]
  • 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah and the War in Lebanon. With Amos Harel. Hebrew edition 2006. English Edition 2008 by Palgrave-Macmillan Books. (Winner of the 2009 Chechic award for outstanding security research.)[2][3]


  1. ^ Hadid, Diaa (25 October 2015). "Caught Between Protesters and Israel, Palestinian Security Forces Shift Tactics". New York Times. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Avi Issacharoff". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Avi Issacharoff biography". Haaretz. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Lappin, Yaakov (16 May 2014). "Two Israeli journalists attacked by Palestinian mob near Ramallah". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Issacharoff, Avi (17 May 2014). "Yes, my life was in danger. No, I won't stop doing my job". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Fauda' storms Israeli TV awards with 11 prizes". 2018-03-11. 
  7. ^ "'Fauda' Creators Set Pair of TV Shows at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. 2017-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Amos Harel". Tel Aviv University. Retrieved 10 December 2014.