Renowned British-Israeli journalist David Landau has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in her annual Birthday Honors List, for services to Anglo-Israeli relations and for working for peace in the Middle East.
London-born Landau made aliyah in the 1970s and settled in Jerusalem. He was the founding editor of Haaretz newspaper's English edition in 1997, and in 2004 became editor-in-chief of the entire newspaper, a position he held until 2008.
David Landau (Photo: Guy Azulay)
Before joining Haaretz, Landau spent 12 years as the diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, and was also its managing editor for four years. Landau is also a correspondent for prestigious The Economist magazine. He was the first Israeli journalist to interview late Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat in the wake of Israel's 1979 peace agreement with Egypt.
"David represents a special link between the United Kingdom and Israel,” said British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould. "He has made a remarkable contribution over several decades to English-language journalism in Israel, and it is wonderful that Her Majesty has chosen to honor him in this way.
"Throughout his career he has shown commitment to peace, and worked tirelessly to build relations between the UK and Israel. I am delighted he will now be an Officer of the Order of the British Empire." Gould added.
Like Landau, Gould was also honored by the Queen for his efforts to promote the relationship between Israel and the UK. Gould has been appointed a CMG in the Order of St Michael and St George, which recognizes diplomats and other Britons serving overseas.
"This award is a huge honor. It is a reflection of the wonderful progress that has been made in building the partnership between Britain and Israel in the last four years, and the importance that Britain attaches to that partnership," Gould said.