Isaac (Tzachi) Ya’ari, 36, is the son of Ehud Ya’ari (pictured), a top
Arab affairs analyst on Israel’s Channel 2 television. Such
ancestry makes Tzachi a kind of celebrity as well.
He first came to the public eye in 2005 when he was
charged with harassing TV anchor Miki Haimovich; but he
could not stand trial on grounds of mental instability.
His second break into the public arena came this year, when the
daily Ma’ariv published a story in its widely-read Friday edition
on his conversion to Catholicism. A day before, Ma’ariv
lured readers to the article with a tease: "Tzachi Ya’ari…found
a new obsession: Jesus and the Church."
Conversion to Christianity is headline news in Israel.