Patrick Martin is a senior correspondent for The Globe and Mail who pays special attention to the Middle East. He was twice posted as The Globe’s Jerusalem-based Middle East correspondent (1991-95 and 2008-2012). From 1995 to 2008, he served as the paper’s Foreign Editor and Comment Editor. During those periods in the region, as well as in other frequent trips to Israel and the Arab world, Mr. Martin has been a witness to history. He reported on the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, on Yitzhak Rabin’s election as prime minister in 1992, on the Goldstein massacre in Hebron in February 1994 and Hamas’s suicide bombing campaign that followed.He was in Gaza on July 1st, 1994, the day Yasser Arafat returned from 27 years of exile.
He was in Egypt when Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011, and when the Egyptian Army ousted President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.
More recently, he was on the ground, covering the war in Gaza last summer, then in Iraq in November and December. Mr. Martin has twice been nominated for National Newspaper awards for his work in Israel and Palestine and he was nominated for the 2012 Emmy Award for his online documentary series Inside Hamas.
This year, he reported on the Israeli elections and their aftermath. With such extensive experience, Mr. Martin is able to offer a well-informed analysis of where we are in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and what may lie ahead.”It’s always a challenge to cover events in the Middle East, but it’s never dull,” Martin says. “It’s also never unimportant.”