Mr. Deckel is considered one of Israel's top political reporters and commentators. A seasoned radio and yelevision journalist, Mr. Deckel has covered the trials and tribulations of
Israeli politics since 1985, including seven general election campaigns. He is known for having unprecedented access to all the major players in this ever-changing arena, from aides and parliamentary assistants to virtually all the top politicians (including all the prime ministers).
Since July 2007 Mr. Deckel has been the host of a popular daily radio talk show. In the years between 2002 - 2007, Mr. Deckel reported from Washington as IBA's Bureau Chief. During this time he covered, among other things, the 2004 presidential campaign, the Shuttle Columbia disaster, Hurricane Katrina and US political events related to the Iraq war. Of note, in August 2005 Mr. Deckel was invited to interview President Bush at his Texas ranch -- an exclusive interview that was the first ever granted to an Israeli journalist. In November 2006 he interviewed President Carter following his book about Israel and Palestine.
In Addition to his reporting responsibilities, Mr. Deckel has served as guest expert on Israeli politics to, among others, NPR, ABC News Radio, CBC TV and others. He has briefed US administration officials, congressmen, ambassadorial staff at the US Embassy in Israel, US and European Policymakers and business people about the state of Israeli politics. Mr. Deckel's speaking engagements also include The Brookings Institute, ABC News Nightline, London's New Israel Funds, Oxford University Middle East Center, Japan Institute for Middle East, and Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Deckel holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminology, and a Master degree in Political Science from Bar-Ilan University. His Master degree focused on the intersection of politics and the media in Israel.
He was a fellow at the World Press Institute Program (Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota) in 1993 and participated in the Reuter's Foundation Program in Oxford University in the UK, twice, in 1996 and 1999. Mr. Deckel also participated in the Young Leaders Program on Politics and Media sponsored by the German Publishing conglomerate Bertelsmann.
New Administrations in Israel and the US – Where to Next?
Whither Israel – Possible Outcomes in the Shadow of the New Netanyahu Government.
Friends in Need are Friends Indeed: Israeli – US relations.
A House of Visions and Divisions – Schisms and Politics in Israeli Society .
Tensions and Intentions – Israeli Politics Behind the Scene.
Jerusalem and Washington; an Israeli Journalist’s Perspective