Covering the Holy Land

Balance and a sense of history are key to our reporting on the Middle East

Since the birth of the state of Israel in 1948, Israel and stories about the Middle East have been on the cover of TIME more than any other international subject except the Cold War. During that time, we've done some 68 covers on the Middle East, encompassing Israel and the unending cycle of Arab-Israeli problems.

As the struggle has intensified between Israel and Gaza, a sad cliché about the Middle East once again seems true--that the more things change, the more they tragically stay the same. In our 1948 cover story on the Israeli victory and its hero, David Ben-Gurion, we...

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