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Yedioth Ahronoth, Postal Authority, Davar, Jerusalem Post, international communications

Israel has well-developed networks for domestic and international communications. On average, houses contain at least two telephones, and there are 702 cellular telephones in use for every 1,000 persons. Internet and electronic mail use has grown rapidly. The Communications Ministry controls telecommunications, while the Postal Authority operates mail services. All media enjoy freedom of communication in Israel, and many emphasize news and politics. The Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) is responsible for public radio and television stations. State-run Kol Israel (Voice of Israel) operates several radio stations, broadcasting in 17 languages. The IBA completely ran television broadcasting until 1993, when a law was passed that opened the field to commercial stations. Many Arab households tune into television broadcasts from neighboring states. Israel has 34 daily newspapers; about half are in Hebrew and half in other languages, including Arabic and English. Prominent dailies include Ha’aretz, Davar, Ma’ariv, Yedioth Ahronoth, and the Jerusalem Post. There are also more than 1,000 periodicals.

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