Haaretz is a daily newspaper founded in Jerusalem in 1919 by a group of Zionist immigrants with a broadly liberal outlook both on domestic issues and on international affairs. Today it is based in Tel Aviv and it has a journalistic staff of some 330 reporters, writers and editors. The paper is perhaps best known for its Op-ed page, where its senior columnists—among them some of Israel's leading commentators and analysts–reflect on current events. Haaretz plays an important role in the shaping of public opinion and is read with care in government and decision-making circles.
Haaretz sells 75,000 copies on weekdays and 95,000 on Fridays. Most of its readers are regular subscribers; news-stand sales account for a relatively small proportion.