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Jerusalem Post: Israeli Newspaper One of Several in Nation

Jerusalem Post: Israeli Newspaper One of Several in Nation
In this November 4, 2004 file photo, a print worker for the English-language Israeli daily newspaper Jerusalem Post inspects the first edition in Jerusalem, Israel. ( Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 19 October 2014 01:16 PM

The Jersualem Post remains one of the leading daily newspapers in Israel, with print and online editions.

Most of the country's papers are published in Hebrew, but also serve Arabic speakers as well as immigrants who speak multiple languages. The Jerusalem Post's website claims to be the "No.1 English-language Website covering Israel and the Jewish World," with about 20 million page views per month — 13 million of which come from the United States.

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The paper publishes in English and French.

Originally founded as The Palestine Post in 1932, the name was changed in 1950, shortly after Israel became independent nation. The publication was sold in 2002 to a group that included Mirkaei Tikshoret, a diversified Israeli media firm headed by investor Eli Azur. In April, Azur bought the Hebrew newspaper, Maariv.

The Post's focus has shifted from left to right over the years, but has taken a balanced position over the past decade, especially on issues like the Middle East, the Jewish world, and interfaith relations.

In a 2012 article, Reuters correspondent Tova Cohen described the Israeli society as "news-obsessed." The country boasts a high readership rate, thanks to a combination of a 95 percent adult literacy and a cultural interest in politics and current affairs. Israel's average weekly readership is about 21 newspapers per 100 people, though many read more than one paper.

Many of Israel's most popular newspapers began reporting before the country was founded, with the liberal publication Haaretz first arriving in 1919, followed by the Post (1932), Yediot Aharonot (1939) and Maariv (1948). Often, a given paper was linked with a political party, though that trend has diminished amid takeovers by media corporations.

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Here are some other major publications in Israel:

Yediot Aharonot: Based in Tel Aviv, the tabloid Hebrew daily bills itself as the "nation's newspaper," and claims to have the largest circulation and the most popular Internet site, Ynet.

Maariv: Founded in 1948 — the same year as Israel's independence — by disgruntled Yediot Aharonot employees, the Hebrew daily has a tabloid format and its columnists are considered moderate with a slight right-line bent. The paper has no English-language site.

Haaretz: The broadsheet brings prestige as the oldest of the national dailies and provides the most editorial and opinion-related content. It prides itself on quality reporting, with a liberal slant, as opposed to Yediot Aharonot and Maariv.

Hatzofe: A right-leaning, religious Hebrew daily that voices the views of the National Religious Party. In that capacity, it's one of the few remaining party-affiliated publications, and focuses on religious and settler-related stories. The paper consistently railed against ex-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's account of his Gaza withdrawal plan, and opposes current premier Ehud Olmert's stance of further disengagement.

Kull al-Arab: The weekly publication covers news, entertainment and sports stories, and is known largely as a Christian paper. Editorially, the paper criticizes Israeli and U.S. policies, as well as the Palestinian Authority.

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