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Yaakov  Katz

Yaakov Katz

Acclaimed Author & Former Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post


Yaakov Katz is the Former Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post and author of Shadow Strike – Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power. Read More >

He is also the co-author of Weapon Wizards - How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower and Israel vs. Iran: The Shadow War. His books have been published in a number of languages including English, Hebrew, Czech, Polish, Japanese and Mandarin.

Yaakov served for close to a decade as the paper's military reporter and defense analyst and was a lecturer at Harvard University where he taught an advanced course in journalism. He also served as Israel correspondent for Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Prior to taking up the role of Editor-in-Chief, Yaakov served for two years as a senior policy adviser to Naftali Bennett during his tenure as Israel’s Minister of Economy and Minister of Diaspora Affairs.

In 2013, Yaakov was one of 12 international fellows to spend a year at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Originally from Chicago, Yaakov has a law degree from Bar Ilan University. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Chaya and their four children. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Shadow Strike | CNN

The Aftermath of Israel's 2019 Election | CNN

Weapon Wizards

How Israel Destroyed Syria’s Nuclear Reactor

Speech Topics

Weapon Wizards

A look at how Israel has become a military technological superpower and invents some of the most cutting-edge technology in the world.

Shadow Strike

Behind the scenes story how Israel destroyed Syria’s nuclear reactor and how it is preparing for a possible strike against Iran.

Politics, Populism & People

A look inside Israel, it’s political system, the changes in the Middle East and the vision for its future.