Israel Radio Accused of Taking Sides in Gaza Withdrawal

YERUSHALAYIM -

A former broadcaster has accused Israel Radio of denying air time to Knesset members who opposed the 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip during the heated public debate at the time, Arutz Sheva reported.

Former Army Radio commander res. Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu said that “during the disengagement period all the ‘rebel MKs’, those who were opposed to the plan, didn’t get a chance to air out their views on Kol Yisrael, and this by orders from high up,” Benayahu recounted.

“I naturally allowed them to be interviewed on Army Radio, and received messages from [then Prime Minister] Arik Sharon that I’m giving air time to the extreme right, to fringe elements.”

Benayahu was being interviewed in connection with the discussion about the future of Army Radio, which is currently in doubt, as it faces charges of being an unjustified government expense.