Israel has ordered US-based evangelical GOD TV off air, accusing the obviously religious broadcaster of concealing its missionary agenda which allegedly targeted the Jewish population of the country.
The seven-year broadcasting contract secured by GOD TV and Israel’s main cable provider earlier this year proved to be very short-lived. The broadcaster’s Israeli subsidiary, Shelanu TV, was taken off air after a review by the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, the regulator’s chairman Asher Biton announced. The channel must now stop broadcasting in Israel within seven days.
The channel’s license agreement stated “explicitly that the channel is intended for the Christian population,” Biton explained, yet Shelanu TV was also allowed to “integrate several programs with content designated for Israel.” After the oversight, however, the council concluded that the channel was not appealing to the Christian population in Israel but rather specifically to Jews, and that thus “the characterization of the channel that was submitted does not reflect its broadcasts.”