David Weinberg is a spokesman, columnist, lobbyist and think tank director who is a sharp critic of Israel’s detractors and of post-Zionist trends in Israel.
His lectures and oped columns in The Jerusalem Post, Israel Hayom and other papers are known for their polemical intensity and scholarly depth. He writes on Israeli diplomacy and defense, Israeli politics and society, and Israel-Diaspora relations.
Since moving to Israel in 1990 from Toronto, Canada, Mr. Weinberg has held a series of high-level public sector positions.
As public affairs director over the past 22 years for the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, he remains an architect of the center’s climb to international prominence and distinction.
Mr. Weinberg is senior advisor to The Tikvah Fund in Israel, Israel office director of the Canadian Jewish community’s Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, and a public affairs consultant to Israel’s national hospital, the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.
As senior advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky, he was founding coordinator of the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism. As spokesman of the Herzliya Conference on National Security he helped establish the conference as the premier public policy forum in Israel. As spokesman of Bar-Ilan University he directed the successful re-branding of the institution after the tragic assassination of Prime Minister Rabin.
His communications consultancy, Beyad Halashon Advocacy Ltd., specializes in public relations, speech-writing and branding.
When he first came to Israel, he was assistant director of the Anti-Defamation League Israel Office.
A passionate speaker, Mr. Weinberg has lectured widely in Israel, Canada, the U.S. and Europe to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. He has lectured at strategic studies and international relations centers at many universities in the U.S., Canada and Israel; spoken for the ADL, AIPAC, CIJA, Hadassah, Hillel and many Jewish federations; and served as a Shabbat scholar-in-residence at numerous synagogues in the US, Canada and Israel.
He has appeared as an expert on CBC, CNN, Israel TV and Israel Radio, and been quoted in The New York Times, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, Haaretz, Maariv, Yediot Ahronot, and many other publications.
Mr. Weinberg holds a Masters degree in international relations from Bar-Ilan University, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto. He also studied at the Hebrew University and at Yeshivot Hakotel and Har Etzion. He is married with six children and lives in Nof Ayalon in central Israel.
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