BIBI WATCH: Israeli TV Banned From Broadcasting Netanyahu Speech Live


Israeli television stations have been banned from broadcasting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress live in order to keep the address from influencing the upcoming election.

Stations will be able to broadcast the speech with a five-minute delay after they remove any content that could be perceived as campaigning, according to The Telegraph.

“Editors-in-chief of broadcast channels will watch and make sure that nothing the prime minister says can be construed as election campaigning,” Salim Joubran, the head of Israel’s central election committee, said in an order two weeks ago. “Any campaigning will be omitted from the broadcast.”

President Obama will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit to Washington, D.C. because of the speech’s proximity to the upcoming Israeli elections.

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