Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud): ‘A democracy shouldn’t close down newspapers’
By LAHAV HARKOV
The Knesset will vote on a bill to ban Israel Hayom Wednesday, after the Ministerial Committee for Legislation did not decide on a government position on the measure.
Las Vegas gaming tycoon and Israel Hayom proprietor Sheldon Adelson. – Photo: REUTERS
The ministers voted on Sunday to give cabinet members freedom to vote according to their conscience on the bill, which means Wednesday’s preliminary vote in the Knesset could easily go either way.
The entire committee voted to be able to vote freely, except for Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi), who thought they should reject the coalition-shaking legislation. Continue Reading »
Financial & legal troubles plague Israel’s historic Hebrew newspaper, 1st published in 1948 with the establishment of the Jewish State.
By the Associated Press
Iconic Israeli newspaper Maariv has not printed its Sunday edition as its publisher is seeking to keep the paper from collapse.
Maariv House, in Tel Aviv – Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons
Maariv was first published in 1948 with the establishment of Israel, and was once the country’s largest paper. But it has been the brink of closure in recent years, struggling to compete with free offerings like Israel Today, owned by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, which has taken some of the paper’s top writers. Continue Reading »
Israel has been debating setting up a 24-hour satellite TV news network for years, but now is seems the dream might actually become reality.
By Israel Today Staff
Israel has been talking about fielding a global news network to compete with the likes of CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera for years. It appears that dream might finally come true this summer with the launch of i24news.
i24 New Network Logo
Privately funded so that it will not rely on government backing or donations from the Jewish community, i24news will be based in the greater Tel Aviv area from where it will broadcast worldwide in English, French and Arabic. Continue Reading »
It’s a good day for Israel at the Davis Cup: Amir Weintraub defeats Japan’s #2, allowing Israel to advance to the Davis Cup World Group.
It was a good day for Israel at the Davis Cup on Sunday, as Amir Weintraub pulled off his second upset victory this week to give Israel a 3-2 win over Japan, AFP reported.
Amir Weintraub (C) of Israel celebrates with teammates – Photo: AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi
The win helps Israel move up to the Davis Cup World Group next year.
With the two teams tied at 2-2, Weintraub defeated Japan’s number two Go Soeda 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3 to seal victory in the best-of-five contest. Continue Reading »