Gershom Gorenberg (Hebrew: גרשום גורנברג) is an American-born Israeli historian, journalist, and blogger, specializing in Middle Eastern politics and the interaction of religion and politics. He is currently a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, a monthly American political magazine. Gorenberg self-identifies as "a left-wing, skeptical Orthodox Zionist Jew".
|Education||B.A. in religious studies from University of California at Santa Cruz (1976); M.A. in education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1985)|
|Occupation||Journalist, historian, blogger|
|Senior correspondent for The American Prospect; blogger at South Jerusalem; contributes to The New York Times, Bookforum and Prospect magazine in the U.K.; author of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977, among other works; frequent guest on BloggingHeads.tv|
Early life and educationEdit
Gorenberg was born in St. Louis, and grew up in California. In 1977, he traveled to Israel to study, and ultimately decided to immigrate to the country, becoming an American-Israeli dual citizen.
Gorenberg graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and earned his M.A. in education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He lives in Jerusalem, Israel, with his wife, journalist Myra Noveck, and three children.
For many years, Gorenberg served as an associate editor of The Jerusalem Report, an Israeli bi-weekly news magazine. In 1996, he edited a selected collection of Jerusalem Report essays published under the title "Seventy Facets: A Commentary on the Torah from the Pages from the Jerusalem Report", and co-authored the Jerusalem Report's biography of Yitzhak Rabin, Shalom, Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin. Gorenberg is now a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, an American political monthly.
Gorenberg has contributed features and commentary on politics, religion, and aspects of Israeli-American relations to major American newspapers including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.
Also a published author, Gorenberg is best known for his 2006 study on the origins of Israeli settlements in Israeli-occupied territories following the 1967 Six-Day War, The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977. In 2000, he published The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount. In 2011, Gorenberg published The Unmaking of Israel, in which he decries the settler movement and how government support for the Haredi is undermining Israeli democracy.
- The Unmaking of Israel. Harper. 2011. ISBN 0-06-198508-2
- The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977. Times Press. 2006. ISBN 0-8050-7564-X
- The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount. Diane Publishing Company. 2000. ISBN 0-7567-5386-4
- Seventy Facets: A Commentary on the Torah from the Pages of the Jerusalem Report. (Editor.) Jason Aronson Press. 1996. ISBN 1-56821-904-0
- See also: Torah
- Shalom, Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin. (Co-author.) Newmarket Press. 1996. ISBN 1-55704-287-X
- View Author | The American Prospect
- South Jerusalem: Gershom Gorenberg. Accessed March 25, 2008.
- Gershom Gorenberg Article Index. The American Prospect. Accessed March 19, 2007.
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- Very Interesting People: Interview with Gershom Gorenberg. Gavin J. Grant. Book Sense. Accessed March 19, 2007:
- Israel's Tragedy Foretold. Gershom Gorenberg. The New York Times. March 10, 2006. Accessed March 19, 2007.
- Paying for Israel's makeover: U.S. funds for a controversial settlement pullback could help advance a peace agreement. Gershom Gorenberg. Los Angeles Times. May 22, 2006. Accessed March 19, 2007.
- Israel's Half-Plan. Gershom Gorenberg. The Washington Post. May 18, 2006. Accessed March 19, 2007
- Review of 'The Accidental Empire'. Tom Segev, Foreign Affairs. May 1, 2006. Accessed March 29, 2007.
- A small dispute about a handkerchief, a piano and a piece of land. Leah Keren. The Jewish Quarterly. Autumn 2006, Number 203. Accessed March 29, 2007.
- How the 'accidental empire' was born. Aryeh Dayan, Ha'aretz. March 9, 2006. Accessed March 29, 2007.
- Religion and Ethnics Newsweekly: Interview with Gershom Gorenberg on The Temple Mount. Missy Daneil. Public Broadcasting Service. December 15, 2000. Accessed March 29, 2007.