Public Speaker, reporter, and journalist
Jonathan is a political and cultural commentator, terrorism analyst and news reporter.
He covered the November 2015 Paris terror attacks live on i24news, including the raid on the apartment in Saint Denis, live from the scene. He broadcasts a wide range of foreign and UK stories, from political and cultural news to opinion and in depth analysis, on the BBC, ITV1 (UK), ITN, Al Jazeera, CBC News, Sky News, Fox, CCTV-America, Voice of Russia, i24news, Radio Dubai Eye and LBC Radio. He been published by the Daily Telegraph, The Times, HaAretz, the News Statesman and Jewish Chronicle, among others. Notably, he has appeared extensively on BBC coverage of Middle Eastern news, including five hours of rolling coverage as presenter's friend on BBC World when the Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit was released in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, and also as the uprising in Egypt's Tahrir Square unfolded. The former director of the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy, he is particularly in demand as a commentator on wars in the Middle East.
Although he has a specialism in the Middle East, Jonathan is also a versatile commentator who is comfortable discussing wider cultural and political topics. He has discussed opera productions and Internet memes on Channel 4 News, the evolution of Saturday night television formats on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, and previewed the newspapers on Sky.
As a foreign correspondent on the international TV station i24news, Jonathan reports regularly on British and European politics, as well as Jewish cultural stories.
As well as lecturing as part of the Masters course in Communications at the IDC Herzliya, Jonathan has spoken both as a keynote speaker and as a panellist at international conferences organised by Harvard University, National Chengchi University in Taiwan, the American University in Dubai and Keio University in Tokyo. He has covered topics ranging from the Middle East and Chinese foreign policy, to the power of technology in popular protest. He has has debated at the Oxford and Cambridge Unions.