With the launch of our new website next week, I am pleased to announce the start of a new era for Haaretz. Following in the footsteps of other newspapers in the world, we are introducing new digital subscriptions that will enable us to provide you with accurate and comprehensive news coverage, analyses and commentary on Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Haaretz is dedicated to maintaining high journalistic standards in its presentation and interpretation of the riveting and complex reality of modern Israel. Haaretz’s role is vital not only as a trusted provider of information and insight but also as a gatekeeper of the liberal and democratic values on which this country was founded. Now more than ever, Haaretz has an important role to play in ensuring that Israel preserve its proper place among enlightened democracies, in fostering peace and reconciliation in the Middle East and in promoting greater understanding between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. We invite our readers to be our partners in this great endeavor.

In the past few months, Haaretz has laid the groundwork for a significant enhancement of its online content, especially in English. With the introduction of our new, multi-platform digital subscriptions, Haaretz will extend and deepen its world renowned expertise in news gathering and analyses to many new arenas that are of special interest to our English-speaking readers. As a modern news organization, we will deliver a product that is timely, fresh, insightful, innovative and engaging, one that people can consume anytime, anywhere, in any format they choose:

With a digital subscription you will have unlimited access to Haaretz.com, Haaretz’s mobile applications for smartphones and tablets (coming soon), seamless integration with social networks and other exclusive features, including a curated edition that can be downloaded daily.

Print subscribers to Haaretz English Edition-International Herald Tribune will be able to link their print and digital accounts at no extra cost, and will continue to receive free access to NYTimes.com.

Users of our various digital platforms will be asked to register with Haaretz and will then be given free access to a limited number of articles each month. In order to gain access to more articles and to our other new and exciting features, registered users will be asked to become digital subscribers as well.

Haaretz is recognized as Israel’s foremost newspaper of record, the number one source for news and views for readers in Israel and around the world. As we approach our first centennial, we hope you will join us as we embark on a new chapter in our history, one in which will pledge our allegiance to maintaining the standards of journalistic excellence and integrity that are the bedrock of Haaretz as we explore the new frontiers of the modern digital age.

I will hold an online Q&A session with users on Tuesday, May 15th at 4 P.M.(Israel time).

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I wish to thank you for reading Haaretz and to personally invite you to be a part of our future.

Sincerely,
Amos Schocken
Publisher