JewishIsrael interviewed by LA Times about missionary television in Israel

Just before Rosh Hashanah, Edmund Sanders, Jerusalem bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, sat down with JewishIsrael to discuss the physical and spiritual inroads that major Christian missionary television networks are making in Israel. 

Sanders article, "Daystar, TBN ready for Messiah in Jerusalem" was published on October 1st and Jewishisrael is quoted throughout the article. The article notes the significant real estate purchases that the networks have made in Jerusalem and reveals the networks' missionary intent in no uncertain terms. Excerpts:

"Daystar already airs its English-language programming in Israel with dedicated channels on both Yes and cable provider HOT Telecommunications Systems, claiming to be the first Christian evangelical broadcaster to transmit a gospel message to Israeli television sets 24 hours a day."

"The main thing we want to do is help sponsor what we call Messianic Jews, or Jews that have received Jesus Christ as their Messiah," said TBN co-founder Paul Crouch, who recently wrapped up a tour of Israel with 1,800 TBN supporters, most of them from America. "We want to do some Hebrew language programs to reach out to Jews and entice them to read the word of God and become what we call a completed Jew."

"Christian broadcasters boast to their viewers that they are seeing a record number of Jews convert to Christianity. ’The harvest is coming in so fast,’ Crouch said."

In addition to Jewishisrael's regular reports on Daystar and TBN, in the past few months, we have posted several related videos which expose the intent of these televangelical networks as well as the Israeli government's cooperation with and encouragement of these missionary entities.

Concerned readers may want to contact the Israeli broadcasting companies YES and HOT to register their protests and to write to the Knesset ministers and members listed below with these questions:

Why is Christian evangelical missionary television, which targets Jews for conversion, being broadcast in Israel under license of the Ministry of Communications, and why and/or how has Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) been allowed to purchase prime Jerusalem real estate to openly promote missionary endeavors in the Jewish state?

Knesset Ministers and Members to contact:

Minister of Communications, Moshe Kahlon (Likud):

mcachlon@knesset.gov.il

Lia Shemtov (Yisrael Beitenu):

lshemtov@knesset.gov.il

Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov (Yisrael Beiteinu):

smiseznikov@knesset.gov.il

Interior Minister, Eliyahu Yishai (Shas):

eyishay@knesset.gov.il

Related Jewish Israel Posts:

Daystar creeps back into Israel

TBN Christian Missionary Television to Target Russian Immigrants

Daystar's Dark Shadows

Related Videos in Jewish Israel's video library

a selection of TBN videos

a selection of Daystar videos

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