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5 Surefire Steps For Israel

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Keeping up with current events can be daunting and time consuming. When it comes to the Holy land, staying informed becomes even more difficult. Here are five surefire steps and a few handy links to ensure that you don’t remain ignorant when it comes to Israel:

1) Make a commitment

Staying informed requires effort and consistency. Make a habit of putting aside time to check up on Israel, whether it be 15 minutes a day or an hour a week. At first this might seem hard, but targeting your time in a focused manner yields much more efficient results than swimming through the constant flow of news, which is time consuming and exhausting. Download the Israel On Demand app to get behind the scenes updates in real time straight from the Holy Land to your phone. You can also bookmark a few Israeli news sources that you find resourceful, such as the The Times of Israel or i24 News and check in regularly.

2) Go for Quality over Quantity

With 24-hour news channels, myriads of online reporting updates, and a constant barrage of articles flashing through social media, it’s easy to get inundated with too much information. A common heuristic to deal with this overflow is to simply skim headlines, which leaves the reader full of assumptions yet devoid ofactual news. Instead of scanning 20 headlines, take the time to read two or three articles in depth. This approach makes staying up to date manageable and in the long run develops a well rooted understanding of Israeli affairs.

3) Do a little research

Never heard of TzipiLivni? Don’t know how many Israeli Jews live in the West Bank? Not exactly sure what the Camp David Accords are?It’s easy to glaze over topics that you don’t know about, but a big part of staying informed is filling in these gaps of knowledge. If you come across something you don’t know, take a few seconds to look it up.The Israel On Demand app provides a great built in glossary which provides relevant biblical, historical, and geographical references to make researching easy. Not only will you better understand the news, but you’ll enrich your knowledge of the Middle East as well.

4) Stay balanced

While good journalism should be balanced, not all news sources provide impartial reporting. Too often, networks and publishers provide biased views of current events by presenting the news out of context or in an incomplete manner. Whether due to political pressures or honest mistakes, no news outlet is completely balanced all the time. Therefore, it is important to follow a few news sourcesto access multiple outlooks on what is happening in Israel. Take a look at Haaretz for a left leaning view of Israeli news, and for a more conservative take check out Israel Hayom. Remember to analyze all the news you are exposed to to gain a fair view of what is happening in Israel.

5) Talk to people

While conventional news is a great way to stay up to date on unfolding events, speaking directly to people in Israel is a great primary source for current happenings. Don’t know anyone who lives in Israel? Discussing and debating issues with others is also a great way to make sure that you are staying informed. Talking about Israel encourages you keep up with the news to be able to contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way. Dialogue also expands your knowledge of Israel, especially if your conversation partner has a unique take or a different perspective.

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