David Landau is being replaced as editor-in-chief of Israel’s daily Ha’aretz.
The newspaper’s board of directors is replacing Landau, who has been editor for the last four years, with Dov Alfon, a former editor. Alfon will assume the post on April 15, while Landau will stay on as a member of the paper’s editorial board.
Ha’aretz publisher Amos Schocken said Landau became editor during an uneasy period for the newspaper and its editorial staff, and succeeded in expressing Haaretz’s commitment to the values of practical Zionism, according to the newspaper.
Alfon, 46, joined Ha’aretz in 1989 and started the paper’s cultural “Gallery” section, edited its weekend magazine, served as Paris correspondent and was the senior editor of Ha’aretz’s business publication, The Marker, before leaving the paper in 2004 to become editor-in-chief of the publishing house Kinneret Zmura-Beitan Dvir.
Guy Rolnik, the deputy publisher of the Ha’aretz Group, said Tuesday in Ha’aretz that the “choice of Alfon was a natural one and is a sign of our commitment to direct the newspaper toward growth and significant expansion of our readership, continuing the marked growth of recent years.”