Knesset Committee Voting on Israeli Satellite News Station

A Knesset committee today will vote on launching an Israeli satellite TV station.

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation will vote Sunday on a bill that would require the government to establish a 24-hour satellite television station in English and Arabic.

The bill, submitted by former Israel Broadcasting Authority chairman and current MK Nachman Shai (Kadima), was signed by 25 lawmakers from various factions . . .

“Israel is the only country in the region that does not have an Arabic television station, while our residents are exposed to what is broadcast from the countries around us,” Shai said. “Not speaking to the countries in the region in Arabic and English encourages the isolation of Israel and hostility toward the country.”

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