Yoram Interviews David Bedein on UN bid by Palestinians for Recognition Instead of Negotiation

I have known David Bedein for many years and have witnessed first hand his fight for honest reporting about Israel and the true intent of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas in undermining the Jewish State of Israel. This interview took place before the September attempt by Abbas to gain  unilateral recognition from the UN. This is still a very timely interview.


Bedein’s Bio: David Bedein, celebrating 40 years in Israel, acts as a living witness to breaking events, working as the Bureau Chief of the Israel Resource News Agency, located in Jerusalem since 1987, and as the director of the Center for Near East Policy Research since 2005. Both agencies are located at the Beit Agron Press Center in Jerusalem. His weekly podcast, Behind the Scene airs live every Sunday from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.

From Wikipedia,

David Bedein (born August 31, 1950) is an MSW, a community organizer by profession, a writer, and an investigative journalist.[1] In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency,[2] with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem. He serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.

Mr. Bedein has also reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jerusalem Post,[3] and the Jewish World Review.,.[4] For four years, Bedein was the Middle East correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010.[5]


Bedein has covered controversial Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Mr. Bedein is the author of Where Has All the Flour Gone? The Whims and Waste of UN Palestinian Refugee Policy.[6] The book documents Bedein’s years of investigative journalism focusing on the activities of UN agencies in Israel and the Middle East.[7] In particular, Bedein’s research has substantiated that UNRWA produces and manages educational programs and textbooks that reinforce the aims of radical Isalmic groups (such as HAMAS) long seeking to destroy the State of Israel. UNRWA denies these assertions.


Bedein was active in the Israeli peace movement for 17 years.[8]

In the 1980s, Bedein went to Ethiopia as part of a Canadian Jewish Congress delegation to investigate the impact of the famine on the Falasha Jewish community.[9]

Research & Media Presence

Mr. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, the New Israel Fund, and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).[10]

In November, 2010, Bedein began hosting a weekly radio program, Behind the Scene with David Bedein[11] providing listeners with unique insight into the daily news in Israel. Behind the Scene airs live every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.


Israel Resource News Agency has one purpose:to report Israel’s reality to the media by retaining the services of the best Israeli and Arab journalists to cover, research and investigate the events of the day.

Since its inception in 1987, Israel Resource News Agency has covered every aspect of peace negotiations, providing hands-on coverage for the press from Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza, Gush Etzion, Hebron, Oslo, Bonn, Brussels, the Wye Plantation, Shepherdstown, Washington, Ottawa, Toronto and Vienna.

Israel Resource News Agency conducts its news investigations with commissions from bona fide news organizations and foundation grants.

All fees and funds are transmitted to Israel Resource News Agency through an IRS tax deductible organization, known as The Middle East Research Center., Ltd, Suite 700,1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20004, and earmarked to “The Center for Near East Policy Research.


David Bedein
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