The Press and Politics in Israel: The Jerusalem Post from 1932 to the Present

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The Press and Politics in Israel: The Jerusalem Post from 1932 to the Present


Reed, Barbara Straus, Journalism History


Frenkel, Erwin. The Press and Politics in Israel: The Jerusalem Post From 1932 to the Present. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994. 186 pp. $55.

This volume attempts to illuminate the story of a newspaper in the context of its society. It looks at the press as a variable of the larger political process, suggesting that news reports change relations and promulgating the notion that such reports directly influence governments, parties, interest groups and individuals with unintended consequences. Therefore, at the center of the book is Israel and its relationship to the Jerusalem Post and vice-versa.

Erwin Frenkel did journalistic research, coupled with colorful prose of many of the personalities involved with the paper. He is a journalist with integrity and was associated with the paper for about three decades. Thus, this work is not academic scholarship, but it is a solid piece of research and reportage. As such, it belongs in journalism libraries.

The newspaper history begins in 1932 and ends with its purchase by the Canadian media conglomerate Hollinger in 1989. This book shows the role of the press, i.e., presenting news and disclosing political information, in an attempt to understand the process of political change in Israel. Examined are the discrete political intentions of journalists who produced news and the sources on whom they relied. Also noted are the political consequences of their journalistic products.

The Jerusalem Post, which began as the Palestine Post with a goal of improving relations between Jews and their British occupiers, rose to become the single most important journalistic voice in the Englishspeaking Jewish world and an important voice in the Middle East. …

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