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Memo containing concerns expressed by Arab countries about future broadcasts of Israel television, accompanied by clippings from the Arab press
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March 27 1966
From Foreign Minister Abba Eban to Prime Minister Levi Eshkol
Letter from Abba Eban suggesting that establishing an Israeli television station could help debunk the Arab myth of "the Ugly Israeli" The debate as to whether Israel should inaugurate its own television channel - for general as well as educational purposes - became steadily more heated from 1965 onward. In March 1966, a decision was made to establish an educational channel, but to postpone the creation of a regular channel. The Lebanese newspapers A-Nahar and Al-Anwar reported that the Arab League would regard the existence of a regular Israeli television channel as a threat to Arab public relations. Abba Eban, who disagreed with the decision to postpone the creation of a regular Israeli channel, sent a message to Prime Minister Levi Eshkol informing him of the content of the reports in the Lebanese press. Following the Six-Day War of 1967, a decision was made to establish a regular Israeli television channel. Israel Television began its broadcasts in 1968.
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National State Archives, ג-6344/1
 
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