|Type||Free daily newspaper 05|
|Deputy editor||Ariel Schmidberg|
|General manager||Zippi Koren|
|News editor||Baruch Ron|
|Sports editor||Eli Sahar|
|Launched||30 July 2007 (2007-07-30)|
|Headquarters||2 Ha-Shlosha St., Tel Aviv|
|Circulation||275,000 (as of 2017)|
|Sister newspapers||Makor Rishon|
|Free online archives||digital-edition|
Israel Hayom (Hebrew: יִשְׂרָאֵל הַיּוֹם, lit. 'Israel Today') is an Israeli national Hebrew-language free daily newspaper and news website. First published in 2007, Israel Hayom is Israel's most widely distributed newspaper. Owned by the family of Sheldon Adelson, personal friend and benefactor of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Hayom has often been criticized for portraying Netanyahu in an overly positive light. Israel Hayom is distributed for free around Israel.
Israel Hayom's print edition was launched on 30 July 2007 and competed directly with Israeli, another free daily. The same year, Maariv editor Dan Margalit left the newspaper to write for Israel Hayom. A weekend edition was launched in October 2009. In 2014, Israel Hayom bought Israeli media outlets Makor Rishon and nrg מעריב.
In May 2014, the name מעריב (Maariv) had been removed from nrg log, and it was rebranded as nrg. Following the acquisition an antitrust complaint had been failed against Israel Hayom, which resulted in a court order that requested to transfer the maariv domain name to Maariv weekly. In 2017, nrg was renamed to nrg360, and on 10 January 2018 the website had been closed and all its content had been merged into the Makor Rishon website.
In 2014, it was believed that Sheldon Adelson invested in total at least $50 million in Israel Hayom. Adelson's support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has led the latter's political opponents in the Knesset to sponsor a bill that would prevent the distribution of newspapers in Israel for free. Framed as a bill to prevent unfair competition and save the Israeli print newspaper industry, critics of the bill said it hurts free enterprise and is a thinly veiled attempt to target Adelson and his political causes, as Israel Hayom is Israel's only free-of-charge national newspaper. The bill passed the first reading in the Knesset, but not subsequent ones. In 2016, Adelson's attorney announced that although it was commonly believed that Adelson owned the newspaper, it was owned by a relative of his.
A 2008 study by Moran Rada published in The Seventh Eye showed that while competing newspapers' coverage of Benjamin Netanyahu was "not especially fair", Israel Hayom's coverage was biased in favor of Netanyahu in most editorial decisions, that the paper chooses to play down events that do not help to promote a positive image for Netanyahu, while on the other hand, touting and inflating events that help promote Netanyahu and the Likud. Oren Persico reached the same conclusion after the 2009 Knesset elections, writing that throughout the campaign, Israel Hayom published only one article critical of the Likud, and tens of articles critical of Kadima.
A popular nickname of Israel Hayom is the "Bibiton", a portmanteau of Benjamin Netanyahu's nickname "Bibi" with the Hebrew word for newspaper, "iton". While in the Prime Minister's office, Ehud Olmert criticized Israel Hayom. Journalist Ben-Dror Yemini has described the paper as having "endless capital with a political agenda".
Connection to Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel Hayom is owned by the family of Benjamin Netanyahu's personal friend and benefactor Sheldon Adelson, and is often criticized by the political left for portraying Netanyahu in an overly positive light.
Former Prime Minister Netanyahu currently stands on trial in five cases of alleged corruption; one of the cases, case 2000, directly involes Israel Hayom. According to the investigations, as Prime Minister, Netanyahu held three meetings with Arnon Mozes, editor of Yedioth Ahronoth, the main competitor of Israel Hayom, during which Netanyahu offered limiting the circulation of Israel Hayom in exchange for Yedioth Ahronoth hiring journalists more favorable to Netanyahu.
Being distributed for free, Israel Hayom has an edge over other daily newspapers in Israel. In July 2010, Israel Hayom surpassed Yedioth Ahronoth in weekday exposure rate in the semi-annual Target Group Index (TGI) survey.
In January 2016, citing internal records from Israel Hayom, Haaretz revealed that between 2007 and 2014 the newspaper lost about 730 million shekels ($190 million), approximately equal to one shekel per copy printed.
- Senior management
- Asher Baharav – publisher.
- Boaz Bismuth – editor-in-chief.
- Zippi Koren – CEO.
- Ariel Schmidberg – deputy editor.
- Baruch Ron – deputy editor, news director.
- Amir Finkelshtein – chief operating officer.
- Eithan Segal – VP marketing.
- Riki Roob – chief financial officer.
- Shlomo Cohen – editorial cartoonist.
- Gideon Alon – parliamentary correspondent.
- Ran Reznick – health correspondent.
- Dan Margalit – senior commentator.
- Naama Lanski – magazine correspondent.
- Eli Sahar – sports editor.
- Shir Ziv – television critic.
- Boaz Bismuth – foreign news editor, senior analyst.
- "Israel and the Middle East News Update" (PDF). S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
- https://www.ice.co.il/research/news/article/842505 The TGI survey published this morning sheds light on the exposure data for 2021
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- "Adelson's attorney says billionaire doesn't own Israel Hayom"
- "Najat Al-Saied". Israel Hayom.
- Rada, Moran (9 July 2008). נתניהו שילם, מה אתם רוצים ממנו? [Netanyahu paid, what do you want from him?]. The Seventh Eye (in Hebrew). Retrieved 28 November 2015.
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- "Adelson rejects Olmert claims on PM influence". The Jerusalem Post. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
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- "Herzog calls on Netanyahu to disavow allies who support Trump", Lahav Harkov, 11/07/2016, The Jerusalem Post
- "Benjamin Netanyahu: What are the corruption charges?". BBC News. 22 May 2020. Archived from the original on 1 December 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
- Bandel, Natael (21 November 2019). "Ex-tycoon, News Publisher Indicted for Bribery in Netanyahu Cases". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 27 April 2021. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
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- "ישראל היום או ידיעות? זה העיתון הנקרא בישראל | סקר TGI". Ice (in Hebrew). Retrieved 19 June 2022.
- Uri Blau (10 January 2017). "Adelson's pro-Netanyahu Free Daily Newspaper Lost $190 Million in Seven Years". Haaretz.
- "Senior Management". Israel Hayom. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
- "Our team leaders - Editorial team". Israel Hayom. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- Official website (in English)
- Official website (in Hebrew)