Walla! (Hebrew: !×•×•××œ×”â€Ž) is an Israeli web portal, providing news, search and e-mail, among other things. One of the first Israeli internet portals, Walla! is considered as one of the most popular web sites in the country. It was founded by Erez Pilosof and Gadi Hadar in 1995 to serve as a guide to internet sites. By 1998, the company had gone public on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and in 2001 it merged with IOL, a similar site run by the Ha’aretz Group.
Walla! provides news from Israel and around the world, 24 hours a day. Most news stories that appear in Walla! come from the Ha’aretz Group, news agencies and other content providers. However, during the year 2006, Walla! started building an independent news and editorial staff, which produces original news stories and special features. In addition, Walla! produces original content in various fields such as sports, cinema, music, fashion and food.
The website offers many programs and services, a search engine, E-mail, online shops, chats, and video on demand. The main holders of the company are Bezeq and Ha’aretz Group.