The Shelanu TV controversy really boils down to whether or not Christians should evangelize Jews. Hadas Parush/Flash90

Should Christians Evangelize Jews?

That’s what is at the center of the Shelanu TV controversy. We asked two of our native-born Israelis to weigh in


That is the question that once again stirs debate and conflict as a US and UK-based Evangelical television station signed a contract enabling Messianic Jews to broadcast programs on Israel’s biggest cable network. Jews, Christians and those in between have plenty to say, but here at Israel Today we want you to hear voices from local Israelis you won’t find on mainstream media.

Most of the Evangelical Christians we hear from support efforts to lead Jews to faith in Yeshua (Jesus), as evangelism is foundational to their “evangelical” faith. God TV, owners of the new channel in question, stated openly in promotions for the Messianic Hebrew-language Shelanu channel that “God has supernaturally opened the door for us to take the Gospel of Jesus into the homes and lives and hearts of his Jewish people.” That according to Ward Simpson, CEO of God TV, in an online video clip that has since been deleted.

We are also hearing from Christian Zionist groups who do not support organized or deliberate evangelism among the Jews,…