JDate® Poll Reveals Increasing Pessimism Over Peace in the Middle East

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., January 12, 2006 – JDate, the leading Jewish online personals community, recently asked its members whether Ariel Sharon’s recent illness affected their view of peace in the Middle East.

Of the over 650 respondents:

  • 47% said they are less optimistic about peace in the Middle East
  • 26% believe Sharon’s illness will have no effect on the peace process
  • 18% were undecided
  • 9% were more optimistic about peace in the Middle East

“Sooner or later we will see a peace agreement in the Middle East,” stated David Siminoff, president and chief executive officer of Spark Networks® plc, JDate’s owner and operator. “We’ve seen many obstacles along the way which have typically led to increasing feelings of uncertainty. During this uncertain time, many of our members believe Ariel Sharon’s sudden illness has, at least temporarily, affected the peace process.”

With over 500,000 active members worldwide, JDate is the leading online community for Jewish singles. JDate is owned and operated by Spark Networks plc, one of the world’s leading providers of online personals services. Spark Networks plc’s Global Depositary Shares trade on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE) under the symbol “MHJG”. In addition to JDate.com and JDate.co.il, the Spark Networks portfolio of consumer websites includes, among others: AmericanSingles®.com (www.americansingles.com), BlackSinglesConnection™.com (www.blacksinglesconnection.com), and ChristianMingle®.com (www.christianmingle.com).

Contact Information: Gail Laguna
Spark Networks plc
+ 1 323 836 3000 ext. 4402
Email: Investor Relations