Newspapers websites are easily accessible online.
Some contain articles that have superb insight, some have political slants, ideological outlooks and are intentionally inciteful! Filtering accuracy in analyses and news reporting from invention and fiction in a world of blogs and websites can be a difficult task. Each reader should establish criteria for which outlets or authors seem authentic, accurate, and without polemical viewpoint, unless one is seeking just that. There are news agencies, newspapers, and places that aggregate articles. Most Israeli newspapers have particular political outlooks, as do subscription services from and about Israel; some feature particular writers or come in the form of a translation service. Many readers wish to have their ideas and viewpoints reinforced, so they choose to read only a specific outlet, paper, pundit, or writer. For the newcomer, it is easy to be driven into an ideological corner. And for the experienced reader, there is joy of reading only the viewpoint that coincides with one’s own preferences.
Israeli English Language Newspapers
- The Daily Alert
- Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA)
- Palestinian Media Watch
- S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
There are many daily digests of articles dealing with Israel. Three are suggested. For a daily synopsis of issues effecting Israel domestically or regionally, try Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA). IMRA remains an excellent daily round up/digest of articles, polls, interviews, press reports, and agreements that deal with a variety of issues affecting Israel and its people and the Middle East at large. Titles of articles cited are linked to their contents with sources. IMRA is an Israeli based service that culls its items from Israeli and Middle Eastern language outlets. It often provides useful polling data regarding Israeli and Palestinian political attitudes, and otherwise unreported speeches and interviews with news-makers. IMRA closely follows remarks and speeches made by Palestinian leaders wherever they may be. IMRA was founded in 1992 by Dr. Aaron Lerner and Dr. Joseph Lerner.
Four other digests of daily articles are easily accessible and worthy of mention. The Daily Alert, which is published by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, presents articles on a daily basis that pertain to Israel in one way or other. The Daily Alert breaks down its daily offerings into news items, observations, and analyses. The articles deal with Israel’s internal settings and external relations. The second, MEMRI is a uniquely valuable asset for anyone interested in reading what is written, said, and debated in the languages and media of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Its home page is superbly organized according to topic, country, issue, and language. Besides translating materials into English, MEMRI provides translations in nine other languages. Both of these digests offer free subscriptions. Third, The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace publishes five days a week, its Israel and the Middle East Update. It is a daily news update that includes excerpts from a variety of news sources – including Israeli press translated from Hebrew, respected American and Arab news outlets, and analysis/reports from reputable thinktanks. Each newsletter also includes two full-length articles that illuminate some of the most pressing issues facing the region. Fourth, Palestinian Media Watch is an Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority and Hamas through its media and schoolbooks. PMW’s major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control.
The Dayan Center
General Overview of Available Middle Eastern Newspapers
- Al-Akhbar (Beirut)
- Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo)
- Al-Ahram Online (Cairo)
- Al-Arabiya (Dubai)
- Arab Times (Kuwait)
- Al-Jezeera (Doha/New York)
- Al-Monitor (Washington, DC)
- Al-Sharq al-Awsat (London)
- Arab News (Jeddah)
- Bas News (Erbil- Kurdistan)
- Daily News – Egypt (Cairo)
- Daily Star (Beirut)
- Hurrieyet Daily News (Istanbul)
- Iran Herald (Sydney)
- Jordan Times (Amman)
- KNN- Kurdish News Network (Slemni)
- Kurdish Regional Government
- The National (Abu Dhabi)
- Moroccan Times (Casablanca)
- Rudaw (Erbil-Kurdistan)
- Tehran Times (Tehran)
There are newspaper outlets, like al-Jazeera and others, that provide overarching services but blur distinctions between covering events and putting a political bias or coloring to them (even though their reporting is often penetrating). The Middle Eastern media in general blurs this distinction— but so do reporters at many English and other language outlets, as well. Many of the outlets mentioned above often cover social, religious, and economic issues which affect the region (and therefore Israel’s place in it).