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Company typePrivate Company
IndustryNews, Internet Portal
Founded2000; 24 years ago (2000)
HeadquartersRishon LeZion,
Key people
Yon Feder (Founder)
Avi Ben Tal (General Manager)
ParentYedioth Ahronoth

Ynet (stylized as ynet) is one of the major Israeli news and general-content websites, and is the online outlet for the Yedioth Ahronot newspaper. Most of Ynet's content is original work, published exclusively on the website and written by an independent staff.[1][2]


Ynet was launched in June 2000[3] in Hebrew only; and in 2004 launched its online English edition Ynetnews. In addition, Ynet hosts the online version of Yedioth Aharanot's media group magazines: Laisha (which also operates Ynet's fashion section), Pnai Plus, Blazer, GO magazine, and Mentha. For two years, Ynet had also an Arabic version, which ceased to operate in May 2005. Ynet's main competition comes from Walla! Mako and Nana. Since 2008, Ynet is Israel's most popular internet portal, as measured by Google Trends.[4]

In celebration of Israel's independence day in 2005, Ynet conducted a poll to determine whom Ynet readers consider to be the greatest Israelis of all time.[5][6][7][8][9] The top 200 results were published, with Yitzhak Rabin placing first in the survey, and David Ben-Gurion placing second.[6]

In 2005, Ynet employed 80 reporters.[10]


Ynet generally avoids an overt political position.[10]


Ynetnews is the English-language website associated with Yedioth Ahronoth, and the Hebrew Ynet. Ynetnews was established in February 2005 in Tel Aviv, with a staff of nine people. According to Gadi Taub of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the launch of Ynetnews was a major event in English-language media in Israel. The founding editor of Ynetnews, Alan Abbey planned to focus on American Jews as an audience.[10]

Abbey left in the summer of 2005 to serve as Internet Director for Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.[11] The current managing editor, Sara Miller, has previously headed the websites of Haaretz English edition and The Jerusalem Post.

Ynetnews' translators and editors provide coverage of news from Israel, Jewish World and the Middle East, based on the reporting and writing from Ynet, Yedioth Ahronoth, and other publications of its parent, the Yedioth Group. It regularly features renowned Yedioth commentators such as Nahum Barnea, Ron Ben-Yishai, Eitan Haber, Smadar Perry, Ronen Bergman, Shimon Shiffer, and Ariana Melamed. It also produces original content and in-depth reporting, commentary and analysis.


  1. ^ "Ynetnews: Israel at Your Fingertips". Ynetnews. 27 December 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  2. ^ Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Doron, Gideon; Lev-On, Azi (11 June 2014). New Media, Politics and Society in Israel. Routledge. ISBN 9781317977872.
  4. ^ Nathan Lipson; Maayan Cohen (23 June 2008). "Ynet is the leading Israeli Internet portal". Haaretz. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  5. ^ Laura Goldman (28 August 2011). "Could Obama Be Ready to Jumpstart the Peace Process?". Business Insider. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  6. ^ a b Guy Veniovic (5 November 2005). הישראלי מספר 1: יצחק רבין [Israeli number one: Yitzhak Rabin]. Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Yossi Vardi". 16 September 2011. Archived from the original on 18 August 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Shari Arison (1957-)". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  9. ^ Uri Avnery (8 September 2011). "Israeli Dogs of War". Salem-News. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  10. ^ a b c Nathaniel Popper (25 February 2005). "Israeli Newspaper Brawl Moving to the Internet". The Forward. Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  11. ^ "ALAN ABBEY - Research Fellow". Shalom Hartman Institute.