Yochanan Visser

Yochanan Visser

Yochanan started his career in journalism during the Second Lebanon War when he decided to counter the many falsehoods about Israel in the international media.

At the beginning of 2009, he wrote an extensive report about the way the Dutch government-funded prime-time news show NOS reported on the First Gaza War. The report caused an uproar in The Netherlands and caused lawmakers to demand a cessation of the funds NOS Journal received from the Dutch government.

At the same time, Visser started to work with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IMFA) and founded the organization Missing Peace an independent news site about the Middle East and Israel. His work led to official recognition by IMFA and the Governmental Press Office in Israel.

A year later Visser started to work with a group of experts in the field of Middle East studies, international law and cognitive warfare against Israel.

At the end of 2014, Visser was appointed Middle East correspondent by the Arizona-based American news organization Western Journalism (now The Western Journal) and covered the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ while also writing about the rise of Islamic State and the Iranian plan to establish a Shiite Crescent in the Middle East.

Visser believes that by analyzing events in the Middle East a better understanding of Israel’s position in the troubled region will emerge.

He immigrated to Israel in the summer of 2000 during the Second Intifada or Oslo War. He lives with his wife in northern Israel after spending ten years in the Gush Etzion area where he built-up a large network of contacts inside and outside Israel.

Visser became Israel Today’s Middle East analyst at the beginning of 2019.

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