Rivlin: Keep IBA in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By GREER FAY CASH­MAN

The re­main­ing staff at the Is­rael Broad­cast­ing Author­ity were heart­ened to hear Pres­i­dent Reu­ven Rivlin de­clare on Jerusalem Day that the new Is­rael Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion – due to go on the air Oc­to­ber 1 – must be head­quar­tered in Jerusalem.

Speak­ing at the Jerusalem Day cer­e­mony at Am­mu­ni­tion Hill on Sun­day evening, Rivlin said he was happy to hear that the prime min­is­ter had or­dered a halt to the process of mov­ing the pub­lic broad­cast­ing service out of the cap­i­tal, and was hope­ful that this would con­tinue to be the case. It de­fied imag­i­na­tion, Rivlin said, that on the 80th an­niver­sary of the first He­brew broad­cast from Jerusalem un­der the call sign of The Voice of Jerusalem, that pub­lic broad­cast­ing would no longer be re­layed from Jerusalem.

Those charged with es­tab­lish­ing the new Is­rael Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion claimed they could not find suit­able premises in Jerusalem. The so-called tem­po­rary so­lu­tion was to uti­lize the Chan­nel Nine stu­dios in Modi’in, but this elicited an an­gry protest not only from IBA staff, but also from Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and from mem­bers of the Knes­set’s Jerusalem lobby.

Rivlin said it had pained him to hear that the Voice of Is­rael, as Is­rael Ra­dio is known in He­brew, is mov­ing from Jerusalem.

“This is the voice of Zion­ism, the voice of hope, the voice of two thou­sand years of yearn­ing,” Rivlin said, adding that the Voice of Is­rael is one of the sym­bols of Jewish sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence in the Land of Is­rael, and that there is no com­pro­mise on na­tional sym­bols.

“We can­not cede our sym­bols,” he said. “We must not empty Jerusalem of its sym­bols.”

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