Dan Margalit

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Dan Margalit, Radio Tel Aviv, 2014

Dan Margalit (Hebrew: דן מרגלית‎, born 1938) is an Israeli journalist, author and television host.


Dan Margalit was born and raised in Tel Aviv. His father, Israel, was a doctor, and his mother, Ora, was a psychologist. He studied international relations and modern Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He began writing for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz in the 1960s.

Margalit was married to Eliora Lucci Margalit, with whom he had three daughters: Keren, Shira, and Noya. Shira is the deputy director general of the Reshet television network, while Keren is a television director and screenwriter. After divorcing Eliora, Margalit married Dana, a lecturer at Ariel University.[1]

Journalism career

In 1977, while serving as Washington correspondent of Haaretz, he revealed that Leah Rabin, wife of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, had a United States bank account, illegal in Israel at the time. The story, known as the Dollar Account affair, led to Rabin's resignation and the nomination of Shimon Peres as the Alignment's candidate for prime minister.

In 1992 he was appointed editor of Maariv by publisher Ofer Nimrodi, but he resigned six months later.[2] In June 2007, Margalit began to write for Israel HaYom, a new free daily newspaper in Israel.

On June 6, 2017, Margalit informed the public via his Twitter account that he had been fired from Israel Hayom.[3].

Television career

Margalit has been one of the regular hosts of the Israeli Educational Television's current affairs show "Erev Hadash" since its early days in 1982. During the 1990s he hosted current affairs panel shows on Channel 1 and later on commercial television. Since 2004 he has hosted a current affairs panel show on Channel 10.


  1. ^ Dan Margalit on Topaz case: It's time to get rid of right to remain silent[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Telepopulism: Media and politics in Israel, Yoram Peri
  3. ^ http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Israel-Hayom-fires-veteran-journalist-Dan-Margalit-495060

External links

  • "Flowers in the gun barrel", May 21, 2004
  • Unnecessary excitement on the left, June 15, 2004
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