Soon after we started The Times of Israel a decade ago, we recognized a problem: Israel news in Arabic and Persian media is often obstructed by ideological filters that prevent factual reporting. This distortion does a great disservice to the millions of Arabic and Persian readers in Israel’s region and worldwide, and significantly hampers Israel’s ability to reach common ground with its neighbors.
We believe that independent, truth-based journalism is essential to maintain not only the democratic foundations of the State of Israel, but also an accurate picture of Israel in the eyes of the all-important Arabic and Persian-reading populations.
So we started our Arabic and Persian sites, staffed in Israel by native Arabic and Persian-speaking editors. The readership of these sites is now substantial, and as they continue to grow we hear our readers’ demand for direct interaction with the real Israel, rather than a distorted version. This affirms a core principle of our editorial ethos: covering day-to-day life is essential to illuminate the complex shades of Israel – not ignoring, but going far beyond the endless cycle of conflict-related news.
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The Times of Israel team
I joined The Times of Israel after many years covering US and Israeli politics for Hebrew news outlets.
I believe responsible coverage of Israeli politicians means presenting a 360 degree view of their words and deeds – not only conveying what occurs, but also what that means in the broader context of Israeli society and the region.
That’s hard to do because you can rarely take politicians at face value – you must go the extra mile to present full context and try to overcome your own biases.
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Tal Schneider, Political Correspondent
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