National Security correspondent & commentator for Yediot Aharonot daily newspaper and Israeli TV's Channel 1. Former consultant and contributor on Middle East and developing countries affairs to Time magazine; publications include a myriad of articles, TV documentaries, and radio reports & programs dealing with such topics as Middle East and Developing Countries conflicts and politics, Global Strategic balance, European politics, Israel-American relations, U.S foreign & domestic politics, etc.
Ben-Yishai was born in Jerusalem in 1943. In June 1966 he began working as a financial reporter for Kol Yisrael, a position he held until June 1967. During the War of Attrition he was Kol Yisrael's military correspondent. In December 1969 he joined the Israeli Television. In June 1970 he was wounded in an IDF raid on the Golan Heights. He later became secretary of the Israeli Television's news board. From 1972 to 1976 he also reported for radio and television from Europe.
He covered the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and also travelled to Portugal to make a documentary about the Marranos or secret Jews. From 1978 to 1981 he was Yediot Aharonot's political correspondent in Washington DC. Meanwhile he was a commentator for ABC. In 1981 he returned to Israeli Television as a military correspondent. He covered the 1982 Lebanon War. In September, he informed the Israeli Minister of Defense, Ariel Sharon, of an alleged massacre being committed by the Phalangists in the Sabra and Shatila camps in Beirut. He was the first journalist to enter the camps after the Sabra and Shatila massacre. In 2008, after winning a lifetime achievement award, he named it the most important achievement of his career.
In 1983 he was appointed commander and chief editor of the Israel Army Radio, a position he held until 1985. He covered the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. After leaving the Israel Army Radio, he became a commentator and reporter on military affairs for Yediot Aharonot, and was a correspondent for Time Magazine. He also edited and hosted, with Ram Evron, a talk show called Ze HaZman (This is the Time) on Israeli Television from 1985 to 1987. He covered the Soviet war in Afghanistan and produced a film that was later broadcast on the NBC Nightly News in 1989. In 1989 he covered the drug war in Colombia for Yediot Aharonot, Time Magazine and Israeli Television.
In 2008, he was cast in Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman's animated film Waltz with Bashir, to retell his role in the 1982 Lebanon War.
Shani Award for Best Report from the Battlefield 1968
CEO of Israel Broadcasting Authority Award 1969
Kinor David Award for Best Documentary 1978
Journalist of the Year 1989
Llifetime Achievement Award presented at the Eilat News Conference, along with Haim Yavin and the late Tommy Lapid 2008
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