Journalist Yeshayahu Ben Porat, 80, a well known Israeli journalist and commentator for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s largest newspaper, died from cancer, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007. Ben Porat was born in 1927 in Vienna, immigrated to pre-state Palestine in 1945 and started his journalistic career in the 1950s. Yedioth sent him to Paris, where he also worked for Paris Match and Europe 1 Radio. According to Ynetnews, Ben Porat became one of Paris’s leading media figures.

Ynetnews quoted several colleagues and politicians on Ben Porat:

“He wasn’t just a well known figure in the paper, he was a one-man-establishment… he broke too many stories to count and was an outstanding journalist,” said journalist Motti Kirschenbaum.

“He was a broad-minded person of extreme journalistic integrity. His death is a serious loss to Israeli journalism and I am very saddened by it,” said MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al), who was interviewed by Ben Porat in the 1990s, told Ynet.

“Ben Porat’s name was synonymous with the modern and bohemian Israel of the 1960s,” said Meretz-Yahad Chairman MK Yossi Beilin. “He was a brilliant, curious intelligent man and a gifted interviewer. He was an icon.”

Ben Porat’s funeral was held at Kibbutz Einat.