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So Israeli readers have been looking for alternatives. In Israel Hayom, they have found a paper where Israel and Netanyahu get the benefit of the doubt while Israel’s enemies are treated with a bit more suspicion, and where shady characters in the business and political worlds are not coddled. Apparently that suits many Israelis just fine.

Israel Hayom is simply doing a better job than Maariv, Yediot or Haaretz of competing for readership in the free marketplace of ideas. Let’s hear it for freedom and pluralism of the press.

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Israel Hayom certainly has its faults, chiefly that at times it is slavishly and uncritically pro-Netanyahu. But that’s the real reason for liberal attacks on the paper and its owner, not any ersatz concern over Israel’s democratic soul.

What truly endangered Israeli democracy was the ideological orthodoxy and conformity that once characterized the Israeli media market. Yediot Aharonot, for example, held 70 percent of the readership on weekends, a near monopoly unheard of in any other democratic country.

Israel Hayom has brought a modicum of much-needed heterogeneity to the Israeli media, helping to ensure and heal Israeli democracy.

David M. Weinberg is director of public affairs at Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and a columnist for Israel Hayom. He blogs at www.davidmweinberg.com.

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  1. 'The chickens have come to roost'. In the US war against decent Iraqis, Arabs, Moslems, M.E Christians and Easterners, Jews Bushes (Prescott Jew clan converts from Judaism), Raytheon, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bolton, Paulison, Murdock, Adelstein, Bronfman and 12 tribes each made a fortune from non-stop wars since WWII. The lowly US Gentiles paid the price. Jews Bush, Cheney and cabal got deferment(s) from military duty or held drug parties! In Iraq and Afghanistan: 35K actual dead, 700K PTSD and crippled, $5 trillion cost, loss of respect for US and a wrecked economy forever. Congress is far worse at 85% Jews but hides behind euphemisms: Conservatives (Jew Barry Goldwasser who changed his name to Goldwater), Unitarians, Neo-Cons, Born-Again-Christians, Pentecostals, Evangelists etc. Jews who support Israeli atrocities are even more evil than Zionists!
    All this so Genocide-Committing, CHOSEN Israel can maintain its hegemony in the region. No Presidential Candidate dared to ‘refudiate’ (quoting a ‘scholarly’ Sarah Palinbaum) Israeli atrocities! The 99% US Gentile SLAVES of CHOSEN Jews must assert their rights! Jews attacked Iraq and overstayed in Afghanistan to rob these countries of their oil and mineral wealth for Israel, instead of protecting and preserving our own natural resources from the greed of the ethnic racists of Wall Street! The Jew-controlled US Press gave scant coverage when CHOSEN Jew PM Netanyahu repeatedly insulted Mr Obama (crushing his hand in a FIRM handshake too), VP Jew Biden and all decent US gentiles repeatedly! Enough! Now we know who the real Adelson PIMP is that supports the atrocities of Genocide-Committing Ben Netanyahu!

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