Gershom Gorenberg

Gershom Gorenberg is a Jerusalem-based historian and journalist. His most recent book, The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977, presents a strikingly new picture of Israel’s post-1967 history, of major Israeli leaders, and of Israel-U.S. relations.

Gorenberg’s previous book, The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount, portrays the role of religious radicalism in the Mideast conflict, and exposes the real reasons for Christian Right support of Israel. He co-authored The Jerusalem Report’s 1996 biography of Yitzhak Rabin, Shalom Friend, winner of the National Jewish Book Award.

As a commentator on Middle East affairs and the interface of religion and politics, Gorenberg has appeared on Sixty Minutes, Nightline, Dateline, Fresh Air and on CNN and BBC. For many years an associate editor of The Jerusalem Report, he is now a senior correspondent for The American Prospect. He has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, The New Republic and in Hebrew for Ha’aretz.

Gorenberg came to Israel from California in 1977. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, journalist Myra Noveck, and their three children.

He blogs at South Jerusalem.

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