The Times of Israel

Times of IsraelHere is something to sweeten the gloom and doom about media bias against Israel: David Horovitz, former editor of the Jerusalem Post, has started up a new website, The Times of Israel, and it is looking great!

From David Horovitz’s opening article:

The Times of Israel represents a determined effort, by a team of skilled, committed journalists, to report Israel, the region and the Jewish world accurately and engagingly.

Our independence means we have no affiliation to any political figure or party. My capital partner, Seth Klarman, is backing this project while taking no role whatsoever in its editorial operation.

We aim to carry content that is fresh, fascinating, entertaining. But that’s not all.

I happen to think that we Jews, in this one country where we’re a majority, can be our own worst enemies – spectacularly intolerant of one another, in ways we would never tolerate in Jewish communities overseas. We undermined our two previous attempts at sovereignty millennia ago, through internal hatreds; we’ve murdered our own prime minister this time; we suffer streams of Judaism furiously at odds with each other. We argue bitterly, incessantly, over the best means to safeguard the well-being of the Jewish state and the Jewish nation worldwide.

Fair-minded journalism, based in Israel, and read both here in Israel and among those who care for the Jewish nation around the world, has a vital, even noble role to play in enabling informed debate over the challenges and the choices that face the Jewish state. Informing that debate is one of the prime goals of The Times of Israel.

In support of this goal, our reporters, including many of the most respected names in the field, will be writing rich and enthralling original content. Our “breaking news” editors will be keeping readers up to speed on latest developments. We’ll constantly draw our readers’ attention to other compelling material elsewhere on the web. We’ll also be carrying a daily Hebrew media review and a daily Arabic media review – a guided tour around the headlines and most interesting content in the Hebrew and Arabic press. The aim again, quite simply, is to contribute to a well-rounded picture of our fast-changing, unpredictable regional environment.

Read the rest and read the paper daily!

I’ve linked the site in my “Israeli news” blogroll on the right sidebar. Good luck Mr. Horovitz and thank you for bringing a welcome breath of fresh air to Israel-related news reporting.

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7 Responses to The Times of Israel

  1. cba says:

    Thanks. It look like a very attractive, usable site (for some reason the Jpost site makes my computer freeze–something about “stack overflow”–so it’s nice to have another option).

    • anneinpt says:

      I don’t get a message like that from the JPost but it does load extremely slowly. I think they have a lot of ads that appear even with an ad-blocker.

      I agree that it’s nice, great even, to have another politically center or neutral English language site besides the JPost. And the English is miles better than Ynet!

  2. Rob says:

    Thanks, Anne. Immediately bookmarked!

  3. Roxymuzak says:

    “:The Times of Israel represents a determined effort, by a team of skilled, committed journalists, to report Israel, the region and the Jewish world accurately and engagingly.”

    There was a time when the BBC would swear by a statement like that – it was once their raison detre – but then they started employing Guardian-reading, eternal students such as the likes of Guerin, culminating in wasting almost 400 grand of licence payers money to supress an inquiry into their biased coverage of the ongoing battle of Israeli Jews (and some Arabs) battle against the culture of death and backwardness on their doorsteps.

  4. Thank you Anne! I have posted on “Americans Stand with Israel”. Enjoy the information you post daily!

  5. Andrea says:

    I like it and good reports on topics not very common on israeli press. Caprile Radonski’s run for president in Venezuela increasing anti-semitism in Chavez propaganda, for instance, covers an area which israeli readers are maybe not familar with.
    Jewish king of New York’s gay nightlife starting his career with a Christmas Eve party in spite of his ultra- ortodox heritage was intriguing and Lerner’s work on Paulus has caught my interest.
    Impression is that this newspaper offers a different fresh persective on serious topics without being gloomy or dramatic.
    I will add this to my Israelian press review which so far was too much black/white with JP on the right and Haaretz on the left .

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