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November 6, 2013 2:02 pm

Huffington Post Planning Israel Website

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Byline portrait of The Huffington Post founding editor Roy Sekoff. Photo: Huffington Post.

Byline portrait of The Huffington Post founding editor Roy Sekoff. Photo: Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post is planning to launch an Israeli website, founding editor Roy Sekoff told Israel’s Channel 2 on Wednesday.

Sekoff said that the move is part of HuffPo’s road map for opening foreign sites, sometimes creating them in local language. “With so much innovation in Israel, we had opportunities to work with many Israelis,” Sekoff added.

Sekoff said that AOL, which paid $352 million for the Huffington Post in 2011, also owns other internet and video firms in Tel Aviv, which has given them a foothold in Israel. In Israel, AOL has acquired Adap.tv, 5min Media, Relegence, Yedda, Quigo and ICQ-developer Mirabilis.

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As for when the Israeli site will open, Sekoff said, “It will happen soon.”

In the interview, Sekoff said the Huff Po plans to be in 10 international markets and that it’s push into video will open up the democratized content model further.

He said reader comments now total 265 million on its site.


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  • Eric L

    Now Haaretz and other anti-Israel Israeli papers will have even more antisemitic competition. Huffington Post must be the most blind news source in the US, much as Haaretz is the most blind news source in Israel.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    HuffPo is THE MOST antisemitic mainstream blog in America. Bar none. Any Israel website will be a tool of Hamas, Iran, the PLO and Richard Falk. With 100% certainty. If you think the BBC hates Jews, you haven’t seen anything yet.

  • This concerns me. Recently, the Huff Po did an interview with the Women of the Wall without presenting a traditional point of view to counter the claims of the women who are determined to destroy the sanctity of the Kotel. I sent a letter/article to the appropriate persons at Huff Po, discussing the content of the interview, and received neither answer nor a posting.
    I hope that when the Huff Po comes to Eretz Yisroel it will be more open to Jewish values than the existing Huff Po.

    • Jossef

      You complain about the Huff Po not presenting the Haredi point of view in their coverage of WoW; how many Haredi publications ever present the views of others? Your statement that “the women who are determined to destroy the sanctity of the Kotel” shows better than anything the narrow mindedness your views represent, yet you are complaining about the Huff Po? Then you tell us:
      “I hope that when the Huff Po comes to Eretz Yisroel it will be more open to Jewish values;” In other words, the only Jewish values are your values, and this from someone who complains about the lack of plurality of views.

  • Bathsheva Gladstone

    I’m wondering if that means they’ll leave their rabid palestinian/ terrorist sympathizing commentators in the dust or is that just part of their package deal?

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