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raeli as well, steps into a world of publications which is simply
overwhelming in terms of number and dazzling in its great
variety. Yet these publications remain virtually unknown ex-
cept to the group served by the publication and to some bib-
liographers. Perhaps—and not surprisingly—the single largest
publisher of periodicals in Israel is the Israeli government. A
glance through its excellent bibliographical bulletin,
Israel
Government Publications,
shows that the government and its
various subdivisions issue several hundred periodicals. Foremost
among these are the
Reshumot
(State records) series, published
by the Ministry of Justice, which includes the texts of laws
and treaties and the
D ivre ha-Keneset,
the proceedings of Is-
rael’s Keneset (parliament). The statistical data so necessary
for the proper management of all aspects of the Israeli gov-
ernment and economy are supplied primarily by the publica-
tions of the Central Bureau of Statistics attached to the Prime
Minister’s Office. The Bureau’s
Yarhon Statisti le-Yisrael
(Sta-
tistical bulletin of Israel) provides a monthly account of the
economy, including demography, foreign trade, and prices,
while its
Sidrat Pirsumim Meyuhadim
(Special publications se-
ries)—now including almost three hundred numbers—provides
annual and cumulative reports on all aspects of Israeli life,
including such varied topics as education, elections, health,
crime and various industries, to name but a few. The Bureau
also publishes a series of census reports, including a census of
the area occupied in the Six Day War of 1967.
Every government ministry issues many periodical publica-
tions. Ministries issue annual reports, budget reports, and sta-
tistical reports pertaining to their area of responsiblity. Some
ministries also publish more general periodicals which have
become leading journals in their respective fields and com-
mand great interest; e.g., the Ministry of Agriculture’s
Haklaut
be-Yisrael,
the Ministry of Social Welfare’s
Sa’ad,
and the Min-
istry of Commerce and Industry’s
Israel Economic Forum
and
Ta’asiyah u-Mishar.
Particularly interesting are those non-tech-
nical journals published by the Ministry of Education and
Culture and the Ministry of Defence. The former publishes,
through its Department of Antiquities, two periodicals dealing
with archaeological activities in Israel:
’A tiko t
and
Hadashot
Arkhiologiyot.
Th e Ministry of Defence publishes a series of
journals dealing with various aspects of the military.
Ba-Maha-
neh
is a popular illustrated weekly of general interest, while
each branch of the armed forces has its own more specialized
journal:
B i t’on H e l ha-Avir
(air force),
Ma’arkhot Himush
(ordnance),
Ma’arkhot Shiryon
(armor) and
Ma’arkhot Yam
(na-
vy). Perhaps the Ministry’s most unusual publication is
Ma
hanayim,
a monthly published by the Military Chief Rabbinate
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