The Times of Israel

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The Times of Israel
Times of Israel office, Jerusalem.JPG
Offices of The Times in Jerusalem
Format Online
Owner(s) Seth Klarman, David Horovitz
Editor David Horovitz (English)
Suha Halifa (Arabic)
Stephanie Bitan (French)
Li Jingjing 李晶晶 (Chinese)
Founded February 2012; 3 years ago (2012-02)
Language English, Arabic, French, Chinese

The Times of Israel is an online newspaper published in English, Arabic, French and Chinese, which covers "developments in Israel, the Middle East and around the Jewish world," according to the site's nameplate. In addition to publishing news reports and analysis, The Times hosts a multi-author blog platform. Its headquarters are in Jerusalem's German Colony neighborhood.[1][2]


The Times of Israel was launched in February 2012. Its founder and editor is David Horovitz, formerly of The Jerusalem Post and The Jerusalem Report, a veteran journalist who had covered the Middle East and the Arab–Israeli peace process for thirty years.[3][4] It receives financial support from Boston-based Seth Klarman, founder of Baupost Group and chairman of The David Project, who has said he is opposed to Israel's settlement movement.[5] Several Times editors had previously worked for Haaretz. Haaretz English Edition editors Joshua Davidovich, Raphael Ahren, and Yoel Goldman joined The Times as news editors,[6] and Haaretz Arab affairs correspondent Avi Isaacharoff joined as Middle East analyst.[7]

The Times of Israel launched its Arabic edition, edited by Suha Halifa, on 4 February 2014,[8][9] its French edition, edited by Stephanie Bitan, on 25 February 2014,[10] and its Chinese edition, edited by Jingjing Li, on 28 May 2014.[11] Both the Arabic and French editions combine translations of English content with original material in their respective languages, and also host a blog platform.[12] In announcing the Arabic edition, Horowitz suggested The Times may have created the first Arabic blog platform that "draw[s] articles from across the spectrum of opinion. We’re inviting those of our Arabic readers with something of value that they want to say to blog on our pages, respecting the parameters of legitimate debate, joining our marketplace of ideas."[9] In order "to avoid the kind of anonymous comments that can reduce discussion to toxic lows," comments on news articles and features in all of the newspaper's editions can only be posted by readers identified through their Facebook profiles or equivalent.[9]

In February 2014, two years after its launch, it claimed a readership of 2 million.[12]

Editorial orientation[edit]

The Times prides itself on having no political leanings.[13][14]

We are independent; we're not attached or affiliated with any political party. [The Times of Israel is] an independent, fair-minded journalistic venture, and I think it's incredibly important to give people a sense of the options that Israel faces and create an informed and constructive debate.

— David Horovitz, The Forward[5]


In addition to the online newspaper, The Times of Israel hosts an open blog platform for any writer who applies to become a blogger on the site.[15] The Times generally does not review or edit blog posts submitted by approved writers, and accordingly, it takes no responsibility for such blogs, which are not necessarily in line with the newspaper's editorial stance.[16] On August 1, 2014, a blogger posted a piece entitled, "When genocide is permissible"[17] in which he argued that the war between Israel and Gaza was being misunderstood and misrepresented by the global media.[18] He put the nub of his argument, as it related to the headline, this way: "Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life. What other way is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?" Within hours, The Times reacted by removing the post and discontinuing the writer's blog, saying the post had breached the website's editorial guidelines and that the newspaper "will not countenance blog posts that incite to violence or criminal acts." The writer soon issued a public apology.[19]

On March 8, 2015, an article was posted on The Times of Israel titled "America Desperately Needs a Hate Speech Law", arguing at great length that the United States needed to outlaw "hate speech" in accordance with "international human rights law". The article was posted by an unknown individual using the bogus name "Dinah Silverstein" and a picture of columnist Nancy Goldstein. The article was deleted and the blogger banned, but the incident led to The Times of Israel being criticized for not verifying the identities of its bloggers.[4][5]

On April 9, 2015, an article titled "Understanding the Idea of Israeli Land Under Talmudic Law" was posted on The Times of Israel's blog platform. The article described in great detail how Israel should "exterminate" the Palestinians, who were described as "cockroaches" and "vermin".[6] The article was submitted by an unidentified person who had impersonated Australian lawyer Josh Bornstein.[7] The article sparked outrage across social media and, since it was posted under Bornstein's name, it led to him receiving a large amount of abuse and death threats, with at least one of them coming from an individual associated with the ISIS militant group.[8][9] The Times of Israel later scrubbed the article and issued an apology.[10][11] Bornstein would later write an article in The Guardian describing the affair.[12]

Notable writers[edit]

Analysts and journalists[edit]

Academics, bloggers, and public figures[edit]


The Times competes for readership with The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Israel Hayom and The Forward.[5]


  1. ^ Grunzweig, Emilie (16 February 2012). "New English-language Israeli website launched". Haaretz. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Contact us". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 8 Hatsfira Street, Jerusalem 93102, Israel 
  3. ^ Jodi Rudoren and Michael R. Gordon (2013-06-30). "Kerry Sees Progress in Effort to Revive Mideast Talks". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Jodi Rudoren (2013-07-20). "Palestinian Prisoner Release Is Critical Hurdle in Resuming Peace Talks". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ a b c Nathan-Kazis, Josh (29 February 2012). "The Softspoken Man Behind Times of Israel". The Forward. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Oversimplifying the complexity of Israel's security and its settlements". Haaretz. Feb 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Julie Wiener (February 4, 2014). "Translating Israel, from English to Arabic". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 
  9. ^ a b c David Horovitz (February 4, 2014). "From today, The Times of Israel is also in Arabic". Times of Israel. 
  10. ^ David Horovitz (25 February 2014). "Bonjour and welcome to The Times of Israel in French". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  11. ^ David Horovitz (28 May 2014). "Huanying and welcome to The Times of Israel Chinese". The Times of Israel. 
  12. ^ a b "Times of Israel adds French edition". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. February 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Tycoons turning Israeli media into hasbara tools". Haaretz. 
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ "BECOME A TIMES OF ISRAEL BLOGGER". Times Of Israel. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Times of Israel removes an unacceptable blog post". Times Of Israel. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ Howard Koplowitz (1 August 2014). "'When Genocide Is Permissible' Article Taken Down By The Times Of Israel: Yochanan Gordon's Post Sparks Outrage". International Business Times. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  19. ^ Gordon, Yochanan. "Apology from Yochanan Gordon". 5 Towns Jewish Times. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Writer: Haviv Rettig Gur". Times Of Israel. 
  21. ^ "Peres, at 90, Is Ready to Leave the Israeli Presidency, but Not to Retire". 
  22. ^ "Abbas Meets in London With Israeli Negotiator". 
  23. ^ [3]
  24. ^ "Author - Irwin Cotler". Times of Israel. 
  25. ^ "Author - Simcha Jacobovici". Times of Israel. 
  26. ^ "Author - Yair Lapid". Times Of Israel. 
  27. ^ "Author - Dov Lipman". Times Of Israel. 
  28. ^ "A Dissident Egyptian's Visit to Israel". 
  29. ^ "LinkedIn: Saul Singer". Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  30. ^ "Author - Sarah Tuttle-Singer". Times Of Israel. 

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