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The Haaretz journalist Akiva Eldar was selected as the most influential commentator in Israel by the Financial Times. In a special project the British newspaper ran in 23 countries, its foreign correspondents were asked to select the most influential commentator in the country in which they served.

Eldar was described as being one of the most prominent and controversial commentators in Israel, whose writing influences politicians across the political spectrum.

Eldar has worked at Haaretz since 1978, served as diplomatic correspondent in Washington and in recent years as a political commentator with his own column.