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Jonathan Sacerdoti

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About Jonathan
Highly experienced reporter for immediate lives.

I freelance for Fox News, Talk TV, i24News, Daily Mail, 

Available live or prerecorded from my own professional studio or in the field. 

** Experienced breaking news reporter, correspondent and terrorism analyst. Covering politics, business, and culture **

Among the many breaking news stories I have covered live on i24news, E!, Fox News, Euronews, NDTV, CGTN and CBC News, are:

- Israel / Gaza war (expert in Israel / Middle East)
- British news and politics (over 10 years as UK correspondent)
- Queen's funeral / King's coronation (expert royal commentary)

I cover foreign and UK stories, from political and cultural news to opinion and in depth analysis on BBC, ITV1 (UK), ITN, Al Jazeera, CBC News, Sky News, Fox News, CCTV-America, NDTV (India), France24, CGTN, i24news, Radio Dubai Eye and LBC Radio. I have been published by the Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, Jewish Chronicle, The Times, HaAretz, and New Statesman among others.

As a foreign correspondent on international TV station i24news, I report regularly on breaking news, British and European politics, as well as Jewish cultural stories.
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Fox News. Reporting on Israel / Gaza war

Islamist psychopaths of Hamas now claim to be caring compassionate humanitarians

25 Oct 2023  |  express.co.uk
Yocheved Lifshitz, an 85-year-old Israeli woman, was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists during an attack on her kibbutz, which resulted in the death and mutilation of many. Despite being beaten and robbed, she experienced less violence once taken underground in Gaza, where she received some medical care. The article criticizes Hamas for their calculated acts of violence and for attempting to portray themselves as compassionate by selectively showing kindness to hostages. It highlights the hypocrisy of Hamas, who claim adherence to Islamic values while engaging in brutality. The article also mentions the screening of uncensored footage by Israeli authorities showing the terrorists' destruction and the interrogation of captured terrorists who admitted their actions contradicted their faith.

Of course they are ‘hate marches’ - their purpose is to intimidate British Jews

20 Oct 2023  |  www.express.co.uk
The article argues that the Palestinian protests in the UK, described as 'hate marches' by Suella Braverman, are futile and aim to intimidate British Jews rather than achieve a ceasefire in the Middle East. It criticizes the protests for not contributing to peace and for potentially increasing anti-Semitic sentiments. The text highlights the unity in Israeli society against Hamas following the October 7th attacks and underscores the moral bankruptcy of the protests for not demanding the release of hostages held by Palestinian terrorists.

Hamas leaders enjoy ‘spa days’ and massage while Palestine burns

20 Oct 2023  |  www.express.co.uk
The article criticizes Hamas leaders for living in luxury in Qatar while the people of Gaza suffer. It highlights the complex relationship between Israel and Gaza, noting Israel's control over the border and its humanitarian efforts, including treating Gazan Palestinians in Israeli hospitals. The piece condemns Hamas for its violent actions and corruption, contrasting it with Israel's attempts to provide aid and medical care. The article also discusses the high unemployment and poverty in Gaza, and the significant emigration of its residents.

Heartbreak for British family whose son went missing after Hamas music festival attack 'as they reveal his fiancée has been found killed'

10 Oct 2023  |  Mail Online
A British family is devastated after their son went missing and his fiancée was found murdered following an attack by Hamas militants at a music festival in Israel. The family is urging the UK and Irish governments to pressure Hamas and help locate their son. The attack, which involved militants using paragliders to infiltrate the festival, resulted in nearly 260 civilian deaths. The article highlights the emotional plea from the mother, Miryam Shafir, and includes statements from UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, who emphasized the need to contain the conflict.

Heartbreak for British family whose son went missing after Hamas music festival attack 'as they reveal his fiancée has been found killed'

10 Oct 2023  |  Mail Online
A British family is devastated after their son, Dor Shafir, went missing and his fiancée, Savion Hen Kiper, was found murdered following an attack by Hamas militants at a music festival in Israel. The attack, which involved gunmen using paragliders to infiltrate the festival, resulted in nearly 260 civilian deaths. Miryam Shafir, Dor's mother, has called on the UK and Irish governments to pressure Hamas and help locate her son. The article highlights the broader context of the attack, including the significant loss of life and the international community's response.

Heartbreak for British family whose son went missing after Hamas music festival attack 'as they reveal his fiancée has been found killed'

10 Oct 2023  |  This is Money
A British family is devastated after their son, Dor Shafir, went missing and his fiancée, Savion Hen Kiper, was found murdered following an attack by Hamas militants at a music festival in Israel. The family is urging the UK and Irish governments to pressure Hamas and help locate their son. The attack, which involved gunmen using paragliders to infiltrate the festival, resulted in nearly 260 civilian deaths and numerous hostages taken to Gaza. The article includes statements from Miryam Shafir and UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, emphasizing the need for international intervention and the focused response of Israel to the terrorist threat from Hamas.

British mother in Israel pleads for help finding her missing son and his girlfriend after they were caught up in Hamas music festival terror attack

09 Oct 2023  |  This is Money
A British mother in Israel is pleading for help to find her missing son and his girlfriend after they were caught up in a Hamas attack at a music festival near the Gaza border. The couple, Dor Shafir and Savion Hen Kiper, have not been heard from since the attack. Miryam Shafir is urging the UK and Irish governments to intervene. The attack, which involved gunmen descending in paragliders and resulted in at least 700 Israeli deaths, is described as the deadliest on Israel in decades. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly emphasized that regional governments do not want the conflict to spread.

British mother in Israel pleads for help finding her missing son and his girlfriend after they were caught up in Hamas music festival terror attack

09 Oct 2023  |  Mail Online
A British mother in Israel, Miryam Shafir, is pleading for help to find her missing son Dor Shafir and his fiancée Savion Hen Kiper, who were caught in the Hamas attack on a music festival near the Gaza border. The couple has not been heard from since Saturday morning, and their phones were last traced to a kibbutz in southern Israel. Shafir urges the UK and Irish governments to intervene, highlighting the broader humanitarian crisis with hundreds of hostages and casualties. The article also includes statements from UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, emphasizing the need to contain the conflict.

Gaza vote chaos shows MPs aren't serious about the Middle East

07 Oct 2023  |  www.express.co.uk
The article criticizes the UK government's handling of the Middle East conflict, particularly focusing on the Gaza situation and the influence of Hamas. It argues that the UK should use its diplomatic influence to pressure Hamas into releasing hostages and disarming, rather than engaging in ineffective parliamentary debates. The text also highlights Iran's broader ambitions in the region and criticizes the UK's outdated peacemaking strategies.

Royals bring Britain together in a way no politician ever could, says JONATHAN SACREDOTI

03 May 2023  |  express.co.uk
Jonathan Sacerdoti argues that the British monarchy and its ceremonies, such as the upcoming coronation of King Charles, play a crucial role in fostering national unity and shared identity. He reflects on the collective pride and sense of history that royal events inspire among Britons, suggesting that they transcend political divisions and offer a non-political display of national togetherness. Sacerdoti acknowledges the potential criticisms of the monarchy but emphasizes its positive effects, including inclusivity and diversity, as demonstrated by the participation of various faith leaders and the inclusion of modern elements in the coronation ceremony.

Diane Abbott sorry after suggesting that Jews don't face racism

24 Apr 2023  |  express.co.uk
Diane Abbott, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, faced criticism for a letter to The Observer where she suggested Jews do not experience racism, comparing their discrimination to the bullying of ginger-haired people. The author, a founding trustee of a charity dealing with antisemitism and the son of a Holocaust survivor, refutes Abbott's claims, citing historical examples of Jewish persecution and labeling her comments as ignorant and dangerous. Abbott's attempt to retract her statement is questioned, and the article calls for Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer to expel her from the Labour Party. The article also references past controversial statements by Abbott and criticizes her understanding of history and racism.

Love story my foot! Harry's book is an all out attack, says JONATHAN SACERDOTI

04 Jan 2023  |  www.express.co.uk
Prince Harry's forthcoming book 'Spare' is described as an all-out attack on the Royal Family, recounting private disputes and criticizing family members, particularly Prince William and Meghan Markle. The article suggests Harry's actions are driven by financial gain and public sympathy, comparing the situation to a reality show. The ongoing public airing of grievances is seen as damaging to the Royal Family's image and unity.

Could this tree planting scheme bring down Israel’s prime minister?

14 Jan 2022  |  The Spectator
Government-sanctioned tree planting in Israel's Negev region is causing significant tension within Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's coalition government. The Jewish National Fund's forestation efforts are contested by Bedouins who claim the land, leading to violent protests and political strife. Ra’am, an Arab Islamic party in the coalition, opposes the tree planting, while right-wing factions support it. The situation threatens the coalition's stability, with potential implications for upcoming legislative votes. Despite the tensions, there is little appetite for another election, and a temporary compromise may be the most feasible solution.

HBO’s The Prince should leave George alone

01 Aug 2021  |  The Spectator
HBO Max's new cartoon 'The Prince' is criticized for its unfunny and tasteless satire, particularly its cruel and insensitive portrayal of young members of the British royal family, including Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte. The show is seen as failing to deliver meaningful satire, instead opting for cheap shots at the elderly and children. The article argues that while comedians should have the freedom to make jokes, audiences also have the right to judge the appropriateness and humor of such content.

Why Israel is rolling out third vaccine doses

15 Jul 2021  |  thespectator.com
Israel has started administering third COVID-19 vaccine doses, becoming the first country to do so. This move is driven by concerns over the delta variant and the potential waning immunity of those vaccinated early. Israel's rapid initial vaccine rollout, facilitated by a deal with Pfizer and an efficient healthcare system, is now being scrutinized as antibody levels in some individuals, particularly the elderly and immunocompromised, appear to be dropping. The country is prioritizing booster doses for the most at-risk populations and is considering domestic vaccine production for future needs. Other nations, including Britain, are observing Israel's approach to inform their own booster strategies.

Israelis describe what it's like when your country vaccinates its way out of the pandemic — only for the Delta variant to fuel rising cases

01 Jul 2021  |  Business Insider
Israel, the first country to vaccinate its way out of the pandemic using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, is now facing rising COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant. Authorities are determined to avoid another spike, with measures such as potential airport shutdowns and increased vaccinations for children. Personal accounts from residents highlight mixed feelings about the situation, with some continuing to take precautions like mask-wearing and others concerned about the possibility of another lockdown. The effectiveness of the vaccine against the Delta variant and the impact on daily life are central themes.

What’s the real reason Israel’s vaccines were rejected by Palestinians?

21 Jun 2021  |  spectator.co.uk
Israel, having achieved mass immunity success, offered to advance over one million Pfizer vaccines to the Palestinians, which was surprisingly rejected by the Palestinian Authority hours after initial acceptance. This decision came despite earlier discussions about Israel's responsibility to vaccinate Palestinians, with the Palestinian Director-General for Public Health stating their own responsibility for procuring vaccines. The rejection of the vaccine deal by the Palestinian Authority contrasts with the global ethical dilemma of when to offer vaccines to others and has sparked discussions about the reasons behind this move.

The disinformation war rages between Israel and Hamas

22 May 2021  |  thespectator.com
The ceasefire between Hamas and Israel has led to a new battle over casualty figures and the accuracy of claims from both sides. Israel's precision targeting and efforts to minimize civilian casualties are highlighted, while Hamas and Palestinian groups are criticized for misinformation and a history of lying. The article discusses the challenges of verifying civilian to combatant death ratios and the importance of distinguishing between deliberate and unintended civilian deaths. High-level intelligence and sophisticated weaponry are cited as factors in Israel's military operations, with ongoing debates about the true impact of the conflict.

Hamas’s rockets are killing Palestinians too

17 May 2021  |  The Spectator
Israel's military operations in Gaza aim to stop rocket attacks and degrade Hamas' capabilities. Despite Israel's efforts to minimize civilian casualties, Hamas' strategy of embedding military infrastructure within civilian areas complicates the conflict. The destruction of the al-Jalaa tower, housing media offices, was justified by Israel as targeting Hamas' military use. Hamas' rocket attacks have caused both Israeli and Palestinian casualties, with some rockets falling short and landing in Gaza. Iran and Turkey are significant supporters of Hamas, providing weapons and funds. Israel's Iron Dome defense system has been highly effective, intercepting over 90% of incoming rockets and UAVs. The conflict shows no signs of ceasing, with Israel continuing its military actions to ensure long-term stability.

Hamas’s rockets are killing Palestinians too

17 May 2021  |  thespectator.com
Israel's military operations in Gaza aim to dismantle Hamas's military capabilities, targeting infrastructure embedded within civilian areas. Despite Israel's efforts to minimize civilian casualties, Hamas's tactics result in significant collateral damage. The IDF has struck numerous military targets, including weapon stores, tunnels, and key personnel, while the Iron Dome defense system has intercepted the majority of incoming rockets. Hamas's weapon supplies are largely supported by Iran and Turkey. The ongoing conflict has resulted in casualties on both sides, with no ceasefire in sight.

How should we honour the ‘angels’ of the Holocaust when they’re gone?

08 Apr 2021  |  The Spectator Australia
Yom HaShoa, Israel's day of remembrance for the Holocaust, highlights not only the six million Jews killed by the Nazis but also the heroes who resisted persecution and those who saved lives, known as the 'Righteous Among the Nations'. As the Holocaust becomes more distant in time, concerns grow that it may be forgotten or trivialized. The author reflects on the bravery of individuals who saved their father Cesare and his family during World War II in Italy, emphasizing the importance of honoring these saviors and continuing to share their stories.

The trouble with ‘BAME’

10 Mar 2021  |  The Spectator
The article critiques the term 'BAME' (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) for its ambiguity and lack of clarity in representing diverse ethnic groups. It highlights the confusion and division caused by lumping various minority groups together under one acronym. The article discusses the perspectives of various stakeholders, including politicians, government bodies, and community organizations, many of whom find the term problematic and unhelpful. The need for clear and precise language in discussing ethnic minorities is emphasized, with a call to move away from using 'BAME' due to its inadequacies.

On Roald Dahl's Anti-Semitism

17 Dec 2020  |  www.realclearbooks.com
Roald Dahl's anti-Semitic views, particularly his comparison of Israel to Nazis, have led to significant controversy. Israeli TV stopped broadcasting his work in 1983, and his family recently apologized for his views. The article questions whether Dahl's work should be canceled due to his prejudices and explores the broader implications of holding authors accountable for their personal beliefs.

CBC News, reporting on President Trump's UK visit (Skype call from my own studio setup)

i24news: live report (by iphone with Skype) on London tube bombing

i24news: reporting live from Saint Denis, as the army moves in during raid of the apartment where Paris terror attacks 'ringleader' Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed.

CCTV America: Terrorism Analyst Jonathan Sacerdoti discussing the Belgian raid and arrest of Saleh Abdeslam

Fox News: breaking report as a man drives van into a crowd at a London mosque

France24: reporting on the Brexit Bill in the UK Parliament.

NDTV: reporting live from Westminster on Theresa May's informal deal with the DUP

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