Arutz-7 (also in Hebrew,
Russian, and French),
HaAretz, and Jerusalem
Post provide probably the most complete on-line news on latest events in
Israel. While all of these are very professional, it may be useful to consider
their potential editorial biases: Arutz-7 presents more of a settlers' and
national-religious perspective, while HaAretz has a clear left/secularist outlook.
Jerusalem Post is more uneven, and not consistent in its editorial biases.
Editorial biases are a natural aspect of news and the above in no way imply that
the news is distorted. It does makes sense to review news from a few
perspectives to get fuller picture.
IsraelInsider provides an
excellent summary of the news. That site may not be as exhaustive and up to the
minute as the above (which are updated a few times every hour), but is
excellent, well-balanced and compliments the news with great analysis,
editorials and even multi-media. Among the sites I know, IsraelInsider does
probably the best job of including all points of view.
Another site I discovered just recently is
Jerusalem NewsWire. Check their
"About Us" page (a feature hardly ever found in most of the other news - though
it would be very useful there) for full disclosure.
Also check Yesha News, for greater
focus on what is happening in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Israeli embassy in Boston
provides a Week in Review
summary (somewhat official and dry, but a good way to keep abreast if you do not
want to read news daily/hourly).
In addition there is a number of Russian language news sources:
- cursorinfo.co.il gives probably the
most frequent updates (a few every hour) and has many interesting links.
- mignews.com and novosti.co.il
are more "traditional" and commercial style Israeli news sources
Also there is Hebrew language rotter.net
- an Israeli youth site, which also tracks most of Israel-related news sites
Other very useful resources, which also present analysis of the latest events
Analysis, Background, Info
- presents some news and editorials spanning the specter from the extreme
left to strong right (extreme right like rav Kahane's movement is banned,
and typically does not get a podium in any media except their own)
- IMRA (Independent Media Review &
Analysis) - is a terrific serious and deep source of analysis. There is
always a variety of interesting items here that may have been skipped in the
other news outlets, including from Arab sources.
- MEMRI (The Middle East Media and Research
Institute)- produces reports, focusing on translations from Arabic sources.
- Israel behind the News
- Media watch groups:
Many other interesting information sources exist - we did not try to be
exhaustive in the list above, but we tried to suggest the sites which would
give the broadest and deepest perspective. We will try to expand this section
in the future, though.
It is interesting to compare the news like those
above with "the other side":
Palestinians suppress the news they do not like (e.g. palestinian
police confiscating footage on the bin Laden support in the wake of
terrorist acts in US).
Of course, they are not the only ones: AP does it as well. See, for example
this story about suppressing and
hiding the reports of
lynching and torture in PA.
Many probably heard (or even saw) the
Ramalla lynch (WARNING: this
link contains very shocking images!). Even if you had, it's telling to hear the
eyewitness accounts of some of the correspondents such as this
or this Italian
ones - then you can understand how the slant of the news originates even without
a prior political bias.
More relevant links on this can be found
In the aftermath of 9/11, it becomes even more clear that teaching
hate cannot be tolerated. Examples of hate mongering on Palestian Authority's
Public TV programs and schools can be seen here (28k,
The fruits of such hate can be seen in the Palestinian reactions to the terrorism
(e.g. this collection).
More interesting videos on the subject are available at IDF's
site, but unfortunately completely miss the annotation and explanations.
These videos mostly show programs on the official Palestinian Autonomy TV. The
second video is particularly dramatic - it shows a palestinian TV commercial
for children suicide bombers.
Here we would like to collect some of the general statements which truly
bring new insights relevant for understanding the long term situation.
- A short piece by
Gustav Hendrikssen is a must reading. The author is a Swedish professor
of Bible Studies, who spoke openly against awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Arafat. In this piece he recalls, in particular, how
nominated for the same prize with the active backing of Jewish
Oriana Fallaci has recently made a few
extremely strong statements. In her recent speech
at the American Enterprise
Institute, she spoke about the conflict of The West and Islam,
quoting from her recent book,
The Rage and
The Pride, which also is a very interesting reading. Her earlier powerful piece is "I
Stand With Israel" (see also
- An interview with
Pilar Rahola, a former leader of the Spanish Left is also an
- Russian poet, now residing in
Boston, Naum Korzhavin has also written a very important piece:
Middle East Conflict" and the Fate of the Civilization (in Russian).
To get a sense of local realities in Israel on a
personal level, here are a couple excellent sources:
- A must read (in Russian) are the
letters of Michael Ezer
(the last two items at the bottom of the page). I cannot think of any other
materials that better convey the view "from the inside".
Storm of Terror: A Hebron Mother's Diary
is a powerful documentary of the wave of violence unleashed on the High
Holidays of 2000. See here for more info on
WordsWorth for a balanced collection of
books both on Middle East and other subjects.
Sister Communities Program
The goal list of communities links (to be completed)
A really great Christian
Zionist site (it seems very respectful, featuring prominently an article on
The Error of Replacement Theology). Of particular interest is their list of
Other assorted interesting sites:
Neighbors and Other pro-Israel groups
- JAT - Jewish Action Team (a page for
"10-minutes a day activists")
- Boston Area:
- BIAC - Boston Israel
- SAIAT -
South Area Israel Action Team (centered in Sharon, MA)
- Project David - an advocacy group
focusing, among others, on campuses
- New York:
- Coalition for Jewish Concerns-Amcha
- NY based activist organization (led by Rabbi Avi Weiss)
- Los Angeles
there must be many more - send us the links!
The following statistics chart shows the number of Israelis killed in
terrorist attacks in the period from 1967 up to August 2002 (more recent
statistics is available from IDF website; we
would be very interested to find a similar charts but covering
broader time period,
and/or different types of statistics - e.g., numbers of shooting attacks,
prevented attacks, etc.). It is interesting to view this chart against some
dates and events. We list some such dates below.
1967 - the Six-Days War
1973 - the Yom Kippur War
1987 - "the first intifada" (Yitzhak Rabin is the Defence Minister at that time)
1989 - Start of "the peace process": Israeli Peace
Initiative (a plan by
PM Shamir and DM Rabin to give Palestinians self rule); Peres urges more active
US involvement; Baker plan
1991 - the Gulf war
(Israel is forced by US not to respond to the Iraqi SCUD attacks); Madrid
1992 - Rabin elected as the Prime Minister
1993 - Oslo agreement
1994 - Arafat and PLO come from Tunis, establish themselves first in Gaza, then
in Judea and Shomron
1995 - Rabin is assassinated
1996 - Netanyahu elected as the Prime Minister (beating Peres, who publicly
begged Palestinians to hold the terror at least until the election)
1999 - Netanyahu government falls, Barak is elected as the Prime Minister (July)
2000 - Barak pulls out from the Lebanon security zone;
Camp David 2;
Arafat's response - violence (going on till now)
2001 - Sharon defeats Barak in a landslide election victory
More information is available at the Terror Victims Association (in
particular, they have similar
charts, but more importantly, they have a much more personal view of the