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GOD TV is lifeless? Israel kicks US-based evangelical Christian channel off air

GOD TV is dead? Israel kicks US-based evangelical Christian channel off air

Israel has ordered US-based evangelical GOD TV off air, accusing the clearly spiritual broadcaster of concealing its missionary agenda which allegedly focused the Jewish inhabitants of the nation.

The seven-year broadcasting contract secured by GOD TV and Israel’s important cable supplier earlier this yr proved to be very short-lived. The broadcaster’s Israeli subsidiary, Shelanu TV, was taken off air after a overview by the Cable and Satellite tv for pc Broadcasting Council, the regulator’s chairman Asher Biton introduced. The channel should now cease broadcasting in Israel inside seven days.

The channel’s license settlement acknowledged “explicitly that the channel is meant for the Christian inhabitants,” Biton defined, but Shelanu TV was additionally allowed to “combine a number of packages with content material designated for Israel.” After the oversight, nonetheless, the council concluded that the channel was not interesting to the Christian inhabitants in Israel however fairly particularly to Jews, and that thus “the characterization of the channel that was submitted doesn’t replicate its broadcasts.”

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The choice to silence the evangelical channel was welcomed by some Israeli hard-liners. Worldwide spokesperson for the Jewish group of Hebron and NYT contributor Yishai Fleisher, as an illustration, hailed the regulator’s transfer, proclaiming that “Israel is Jewish” altogether and apparently ‘forgetting’ about non-Jewish residents of the nation.

Shelanu TV known as the affair purely political because the license explicitly allowed it to broadcast in Hebrew to the Israeli public.

On the identical time, a now-deleted video message from GOD TV CEO Ward Simpson steered the channel was really in search of to evangelise among the many Jews.

“God has supernaturally opened the door for us to take the Gospel of Jesus into the houses and lives and hearts of his Jewish individuals,” Simpson stated within the video. The message was promptly taken down and the CEO apologized to anybody who discovered such remarks offensive and promised to stay to the license phrases.

Regardless of the ban, the channel will reapply for its license, Shelanu TV’s spokesman Ron Cantor stated, implying that refusal to grant it broadcasting rights once more may depart an enormous dent within the US-Israel relationship. The channel hopes the regulator will approve the request “and thus keep away from a extreme diplomatic incident with lots of of thousands and thousands of pro-Israel evangelical Christians worldwide,” he stated. The Florida-based GOD TV community claims to succeed in some 300 million households across the globe.

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Evangelical Christians have been one of the crucial outstanding supporters of Israel in the US, advocating robust friendship with Tel Aviv for many years. The connection between the 2 nations has turn into notably cozy below the Trump administration, and it’s unclear if this hostile transfer will face a robust backlash from evangelists.

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