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The End of the (Leftist) ‘Voice of Israel’ Radio Is Near

The last Communications Minister destroyed the mobile oligarchy that emptied the public’s pockets. The new minister is determined to break the left-wing control of public radio that gags nationalists.
Kol Israel is about to be shut down and re-started.

Kol Israel is about to be shut down and re-started.
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Communications Minister Gilad Erdan said Monday that Israel’s public broadcasting system is “sick” and that he holds out the option to shut it down and start all over again if a committee for reforming it does not get on with the job.

The committee has until the end of the year to come up with concrete suggestions that will bring what Erdan said is a needed “dramatic change,” but he cautioned that the reforms that have been suggested so far do not fill the bill.

Erdan, a veteran Likud Knesset Member and a strong nationalist, is the second Communicators Minister in a row to carry out reforms that literally are revolutionary.

His predecessor Moshe Kahlon announced from the outset of his term in the previous government that he saw no reason for mobile phone companies to take huge profits of billions of dollars and dish out exorbitant dividends to shareholders at the expense of customers who were subject to closed competition that was controlled by only three companies.

He slashed cell phone prices by up to 90 percent and opened up competition, and the Israel consumer now enjoys some of the lowest rates in the world.

Erdan is taking on what is formally known as the Israel Broadcasting Authority, whose flagship Channel One television and “Kol Yisrael (Voice of Israel)” radio station for years were the first and last word for Israelis.

Under the Peres-Rabin administrations more than 20 years ago, the IBA was entrenched with a “clubhouse” atmosphere that still does not allow for balanced broadcasts.

“The Authority shall ensure that the broadcasts give suitable expression to various and opinions and transmit reliable information,” is the official mandate.

In practice, the “Voice of Israel” is the voice of the center-left, which was openly biased in favor of Labor governments, openly antagonistic to the Likud and especially Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah, slanted reporting to favor a pullout in 2000  of the IDF from the security zone in Lebanon, campaigned repeatedly for freeing  Arab terrorists at any price,  campaigned for the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif, and promotes pluralistic agendas at the expense of Orthodox Judaism.

Like every other society or company that promotes an agenda that does not reflect its customers, the IBA ends up hurting itself.

“Public broadcasting is sick and needs a dramatic change,” Erdan said Monday. I am not appointed to head the IBA but am appointed to carry out the law of the IBA, and therefore I examined if it is fulfilling its legal mandate.

“My conclusion as clear that its objectives are not being achieved, and the IBA has lost relevancy and influence.”

As far back as 2002, Ombudsman Amos Goren noted that the IBA suffers from “suffocating hegemony” and that its broadcasters recruit their own friends with the same views.

He underscored its leftist agenda by the use of the term “West Bank” when referring to Judea and Samaria, a change that has been made. He also said that the Voice of Israel used the term “extreme rightwing” but never “extreme leftwing.”

The Voice of Israel’s legal analyst Moshe Negbi consistently takes a solidly left wing and anti-nationalist view. Rightwing analysts are rarely heard except as an officious and ostensible “balance” to other views, but interviewers usually use silk gloves when questioning left-center politicians and are highly argumentative when interviewing nationalists.

Before and during the last election, it promoted Labor Knesset Member (Fuad) Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, interviewing him ad nauseum.

The IBA’s latest anti-nationalist episode was gagging the Latma satirical program that exposes leftist agenda in the media.

The directors of Israel Media Watch, Yisrael Medad and Eli Pollak, wrote in a column in the Jerusalem Post two weeks ago, “Latma’s flagship television-on-Internet program is the antithesis of Channel 2’s flagship satire program Eretz Nehederet, which is openly and unabashedly post-Zionist.”

However,  IBA Chairman Dr. Amir Gilat, rejected airing the program without another satirical show that would represent the leftwing. After a pilot program was produced, “the IBA decided that actually, it had no intention of airing Latma’s show,” Medad and Pollak wrote.

They added, “Latma received a laconic, one-sentence letter informing them the IBA had decided not to air their show.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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12 Responses to “The End of the (Leftist) ‘Voice of Israel’ Radio Is Near”

  1. Rina Gray says:

    It's abiut a time. The leftis take smaller part of Israel citizens, but they brainwhaed Israel on all TV and radio channels. It's time to balanced and show any view of people Israel. We have right wing government for many years, but leftis still dominate on TV, radio and press.

  2. JD Mora says:

    Good, at last someone with the balls to put people in its place, that are actually HURTING Israel.

  3. Hasson Alberto says:

    Israel is a democracy irrespective of the leaning of its parties. This being said, the Radio is not the mouth piece of any party and should be able to remain at bay from political involvement. Stop hunting for leftist ghosts….

  4. Have you listened to Kol Yisrael lately?? Leftist Ghosts are alive and well at Kol Yisrael!

  5. This news is heartening. I hope Erdan will succeed in putting these reforms into action. It could make a huge difference to the general morale of our ciitzens.

  6. This news is heartening. I hope Erdan will succeed in putting these reforms into action. It could make a huge difference to the general morale of our ciitzens.

  7. Drora Bat Melech says:

    Here is the challenge to minister Gilaad Erdan- There are many very talented pro-Judea and Samaria, Right wing writers like Caroline Glick and others that should be given a chance to express their views nationally… A democracy is pluralism of views and the ability to express them in public…If that is the definition than ARE WE A TRUE DEMOCRACY?

  8. And when he's finished, maybe before, I hope he comes to the US and does the same here with what passes here for 'public radio' but is just the propaganda organ of our left wing "progressives" and such.

  9. And when he's finished, maybe before, I hope he comes to the US and does the same here with what passes here for 'public radio' but is just the propaganda organ of our left wing "progressives" and such.

  10. And when he's finished, maybe before, I hope he comes to the US and does the same here with what passes here for 'public radio' but is just the propaganda organ of our left wing "progressives" and such.

  11. David Ifergan says:

    it is 20 years to late.
    I was about time.

  12. End of wasteful government subsidies for bureaucratic fat cats who staff such an organisation?

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