David Bar-Ilan was born
on February 7, 1930 in Haifa,
Israel. His parents were second generation
Bar-Ilan was a piano prodogy
and won a scholarship to the Juilliard School
of Fine Arts in New York at the age of seventeen.
He came back to Israel in 1948 to fight in
of Independence and, after winning, returned
to the United States to finish his schooling.
He remained in America for the next forty
While in the States Bar-Ilan
progressed in his music career, working with
well-known composers such as Leonard
Bernstein and Glenn Gould. Meanwhile,
Bar-Ilan became a constant voice in American
news, vocalizing strongly his support of
Israel and the plight of Soviet
Once he moved back to Israel,
Bar-Ilan began writing for the Jerusalem
Post. He became a lead writer in 1990
and was editor of the Post from 1992 until
David Bar-Ilan was a man
who never hid his political feelings and
his "right-wing" views edged the
pages of the Jerusalem Post.
It was perhaps these views
that caused Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu to choose Bar-Ilan as his chief
of information and policy after the Likud
party won the election in 1996.
As a political aide, Bar-Ilan
was disliked by left-wing Israelis as well
as many of the more liberal newspapers because
of his hardline policies which included his
support of the West
Bank settlements and his disdain for
the peace talks with Yasser
Araft and the PLO.
He was unwilling to negotiate with a militarized
Palestinian Authority though maintained that
he would consider a two-state solution with
a de-militarized Palestine. On the same token,
he was greatly liked by the more right-wing
supporters in Israel.
David Bar-Ilan died on November
4, 2003 at the age of 73 after suffering
from a heart attack.
Sources: The Guardian