Barack Obama, Glenn Beck, Ed Koch and Ehud Barak will headline the premiere of Shalom TV Live
Jews throughout North America will have a new channel available for viewing beginning today, February 1, 2012, as "Shalom TV Live" premieres with a wide array of programming.
Shalom TV Live can be viewed online on any computer or mobile device by visiting the Shalom TV Web site. The channel will also be premiering in New York City and in Miami on Hotwire Communications and will soon be carried on cable systems throughout the country.
The new television channel will compliment Shalom TV's extremely successful Free Video On Demand programming which is currently available in more than 40 million homes on virtually every cable system in the United State and on Rogers Cable in Canada.
A Jewish "PBS-style" channel in the breadth of its programming, the first week of Shalom TV Live features:
the annual dinner of the Zionist Organization of America in NY and the addresses of ZOA President Morton Klein and keynote speaker Glenn Beck;
the Union For Reform Judaism's Biennial in Washington, DC, with President Barack Obama, Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Jewish Agency Chair Natan Sharansky, and outgoing URJ President Rabbi Eric Yoffie,
an interview with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch
an interview with the recent past chairman of the Presidents Conference, Alan Solow, a longtime friend of President Obama.
And viewers will share in the fiftieth anniversary of the Foundation For Jewish Culture as its CEO, Elise Bernhardt, presents Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards to individuals who have made major cultural contributions, including Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt.
In addition, Shalom TV Live will feature a daily newscast from Israel, children's programming every morning and afternoon, a series profiling the hottest Israeli musical artists ("Muzika"), and an "HBO-like" series following Jewish singles in their search for that special someone ("From Date To Mate").
In an exclusive interview on Shalom TV, one of the nation's leading Democrats has some kind words for two of the candidates vying for the Republican party's presidential nomination, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
When asked by Shalom TV President Mark S. Golub who among the current Republican candidates would be best for America and for Israel, the former New York City Mayor groups the two front runners together, saying:
I believe that both Romney and Gingrich--one of which will be the Republican candidate--are both able. I'm not voting for either of them; I am voting for Obama; but they're both able; they are fine Americans (I mean, they have a philosophy which is not mine); but they will do what they think is in the best interest of America--and they are also both very supportive of Israel.
Mr. Koch also described how after the Turner victory, the President reached out to him. In a private meeting in New York City, after the President gave what Mr. Koch calls a "magnificent" pro-Israel speech at the United Nations, Mr. Obama told the former Mayor that he didn't understand why the Jewish community is upset with him given how very supportive of Israel he is. Mr. Koch explained to the President that he would not have been so upset with Mr. Obama if, when the President had placed demands on Israel, he had also made demands of Hamas. Koch reports the President's responding, "Didn't I?"
After the half hour meeting, Mr. Koch was convinced that Mr. Obama believes he is a friend of Israel and now supports Mr. Obama's re-election campaign because of the President's strong stand in opposition to Palestinian statehood at the United Nations and because the President has been praised by Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, for being one of the most supportive of all U.S. presidents when it comes to supplying military aid.
Jonathan Pollard tried unsuccessfully to sell the classified documents to Australia before approaching Israel.
Mr. Biden clearly opposed a Pollard pardon in March 2007.
-- Rabbi Mark S. Golub, President, Shalom TV
Last week, a number of Jewish media sources ran a story suggesting Vice President Joe Biden had changed his position on a pardon for Jonathan Pollard when he told a Jewish group in Florida that he opposed freeing the American Jew imprisoned for passing classified information to the State of Israel. For example, Israel National News suggested that the Vice President was simply protecting President Obama in a piece entitled Biden Flip-Flopped on Pollard, Took the 'Hit' for Obama. The story's opening sentence read: "US Vice President Joe Biden 'took the hit' for President Obama to oppose freedom for Jonathan Pollard."
This story also ran in similar fashion in the JTA, Ynet and IMRA; and I have seen it echoed by various blogers.
I have been especially surprised by these reports of a Biden "flip flop" on a Pollard pardon since the source cited as proof of the Vice President's change of position is an interview I conducted with him for Shalom TV in March 2007 when Mr. Biden was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination (video after the jump).
I am surprised because the stories seriously distort Mr. Biden's unequivocal opposition to a Pollard pardon by emphasizing one sentence out of context--while ignoring the unambiguous thrust of Mr. Biden's position which he clearly articulated in that March 2007 interview.
In direct answer to my question on a pardon of Jonathan Pollard, Mr. Biden began by saying, "He has to serve his sentence, he has to serve his sentence."
In almost every story quoting his Shalom TV appearance, this part of Mr. Biden's answer is omitted.
Rather, in a somewhat irresponsible fashion, clips now appear on the internet which only include one sentence of Mr. Biden's response, in which he said: "Now there is a rationale in my view why Pollard should be given leniency."
News sources have used this single sentence to suggest that during his bid for the Democratic nomination in 2007, Mr. Biden supported a pardon for Pollard.
But if one listens to Mr. Biden's complete answer to the Pollard question, it becomes clear that he was not equating "leniency" with a "pardon;" and that in 2007 he was adamantly opposed to any pardon of Jonathan Pollard.
Here are Mr. Biden's complete words from that March 2007 interview:
Now there is a rationale in my view why Pollard should be given leniency. There's a rational for that. But there is not a rationale to say, 'No, what happened did not happen and he should be pardoned.'... If I were president, to go and pardon Pollard would make a lie out of the notion that there are certain rules, period. You cannot give classified information, period. Even to a friend. If this were Great Britain it would be the same thing. So the standard has to be maintained.
One may agree or disagree with Mr. Biden on the issue of a pardon for Jonathan Pollard; but Jews should not be misled into thinking Mr. Biden has changed his mind on the matter. There is something disappointing about a Jewish news source presenting one sentence of an interview out of context and using it to create an erroneous impression.
The late Abba Eban was fond of saying that "the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." This saying could be applied to the way in which many in the Jewish community have reacted with criticism to President Obama's comments last Thursday (May 19) regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The President may have, in the past, articulated an approach that has been disturbing to many supporters of Israel, seeming to favor the Palestinian agenda in ways that depart from long standing American Middle East policy. But prior disappointments should not prejudice Jewish thinking to the point that Jews fail to correctly hear and appreciate a presidential message that articulates many profoundly important truths about Israel and the Palestinians -- all of which Jews have prayed would be said publicly by the occupant of the White House.
Despite President Obama's presenting a host of specifics that were powerfully pro-Israel, the Jewish community has myopically placed an exaggerated emphasis on what Mr. Obama did not say, blaming him for not going far enough in expressing an anti-Palestinian line, and for referencing the '67 borders in a two-state solution.
On Friday night, March 11, Hamas terrorists crossed into the West Bank to the Jewish community of Itamar where they murdered a Jewish family as they slept in their beds. The victims included a mother and father, Udi Fogel (36) and Ruth Fogel (35), and their three children, Yoav (11), Elad (4), and Hadas (3 months).
The sheer brutality of the Hamas act takes one's breath away. In highly uncharacteristic fashion, the Israeli government made the decision to display graphic photos of the death scene--photos which are visible though a link at the bottom of this editorial.
Admits that Gaza withdrawal was an excruciatingly painful mistake
In the aftermath of Israel's decision on September 26 to end its ten-month construction freeze within existing West Bank settlements as originally scheduled, one of Israel's leading diplomats, Danny Ayalon, deputy foreign minister and the number two man in Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu Party tells Shalom TV President Mark S. Golub that Israel had no choice but to end the settlement freeze in order to retain any credibility in the Arab world and in international circles.
In an exclusive interview with Shalom TV conducted with Minister Ayalon in New York City, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister makes his government's position clear.
The campaign of the Conservative and Reform Movements to generate American opposition to the Rotem Conversion Bill in Israel was remarkably successful. The bill has been tabled for six months and may never see the light of day again. Unfortunately, however, the campaign overstated the threat the bill posed to non-Orthodox American Jewry and unnecessarily angered large numbers of uninformed Jews over a bill which actually does not address them at all.
Photo: MK David Rotem, author of the controversial conversion bill.
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