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Second English-language Daily to Be Launched Friday in Israel

The Nation, a new English-language tabloid newspaper due to appear on Israel’s newsstands Friday, was introduced here at a news conference Monday.

The new daily will be Israel’s second English-language newspaper and will compete with the veteran and well-established Jerusalem Post.

According to the editor and publisher of the new tabloid, American-born Hesh Kestin, The Nation will carry 24 pages daily with a 48-page weekend supplement. He also said it will include color pictures and will put heavy emphasis on foreign and financial news.

According to Kestin, the new paper will be the first newspaper in the world to be produced and edited entirely by desk-top personal computers-a claim disputed by other journalists.

The new venture is financed by Kestin himself and 15 other investors, mainly from abroad.

Although he denied that the aim of the paper is to counter the views of The Jerusalem Post, Kestin said nevertheless that the Post was known for its “leftist tendencies” and its support of the Labor Party. He said that The Nation would be apolitical and would not carry a particular editorial slant.

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