The Jerusalem Post announced Wednesday that Yaakov Katz, an advisor to right-wing Education Minister Naftali Bennett, will take over as editor-in-chief, replacing veteran editor Steven Linde.
Katz is originally from Chicago and was the military correspondent at the Jerusalem Post from 2003 to 2013, when he left to work as foreign policy advisor for Bennett. He will start the new position in May.
Bennett is a member of the right-wing Jewish Home party and has said he opposes the creation of a Palestinian state.
The reasons for the change in leadership were not clear.
“I plan to continue and build on the Jerusalem Post’s distinguished record as a cutting-edge newspaper in Israel and throughout the Jewish world,” Katz told the Forward.
On Twitter, Katz called his new appointment “an honor and privilege,” saying the Jerusalem Post was “a pillar of journalistic integrity & distinction.”
It is an honor and privilege to replace the amazing @stevelinde and head @Jerusalem_Post, a pillar of journalistic integrity & distinction.— Yaakov Katz (@yaakovkatz) April 13, 2016
Linde, who was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa, was appointed editor-in-chief of the Israeli newspaper in 2011, where he had previously served in various roles for 14 years.
The previous editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, David Horovitz, left the publication in 2011 and went on to found competitor site Times of Israel, which rapidly found success in the English-language Israeli media.
Josefin Dolsten is a former news fellow at the Forward, writing about politics and culture, and editing the Sisterhood blog. She received an MA in Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Government from Cornell University. Follow her on Twitter at @josefindolsten.
Jerusalem Post Names Ex-Naftali Bennett Aide as New Editor-in-Chief