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For Israelis, There Is No World Beyond Their Borders, and They Don't Need BBC World News

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Yaakov Ahimeir’s weekly international news show, “Ro’im Olam,” was insubstantial and often infuriating. Despite that, I watched it religiously for decades. It was for me a refuge from the nonsense of the other news programs, with their whitewashing and their brainwashing. Its cancellation is not a tragedy, as it has been depicted on social media, and of course it had nothing to do with Ahimeir’s right-wing views, as the prime minister has claimed. But it is part of a significant and deeply worrying trend: Israel has lost interest in the world beyond its borders.

If it isn’t Jews, Israel or anti-Semitism, there is no world. In any case the whole world is against us, so why should we care about it. In any given situation we know best, we’re the chosen people, a light unto the nations, the nation of high-tech and Nobel laureates, so what does the world matter to us now.

Several days before “Roi’m Olam” (“Seeing the World”) ended, Israel’s HOT cable company stopped offering BBC World News. The arbitrary, aggravating decision left HOT customers without a single serious international news channel, with the exception of the overly American CNN. Al Jazeera English, the most fascinating international news station of........

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