Bill: No TV Shows for Politicos

The Knesset Economic Affairs committee plans to promote a legislative proposal that will prohibit government officers or candidates from hosting or regularly participating in television shows. MK Shelly Yachimovich, who initiated the discussion, said that the issue was not personal but a matter of principle.

"[Arcadi] Gaydamak founded a political party and is now in the midst of a municipal election campaign. Allowing someone actively involved in the political game to engage in prime-time television airing is a gross violation of the spirit of the law," she argued.

Businessman Arcadi Gaydamak rejects the argument, pointing to media stunts and other methods used by politicians to gain prime-time attention. Plus, he said, calling him a politician is "absurd."