After Channel 1 previously reneged on its pledge to put the popular nationalist satire program Latma on TV, a contract has been signed between the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and Latma that will see the show aired on the channel in three months.
"Yes, it's really happening," Latma wrote on its official Facebook page Wednesday. "At the end of a bumpy road a contract has been signed between the Broadcasting Authority and Latma, and in February 2015 we will meet on the TV screen."
The Latma team gave a special thanks to Communications Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) "for the revolution occurring in public broadcasting," as well as MKs Amram Mitzna (Hatnua) and Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) "for their help that wasn't obvious from the start."
"We thank our thousands of supporters, young and old, public representatives and rank-and-file citizens, men, women and children nation-wide and outside of it, for the unending expression of support even in the last year in which we stopped writing and broadcasting. Thank you. Without you it wouldn't have happened and without you it wouldn't have been worth it," they added.
The popular satire program ran on its website and through YouTube for around four years. Despite prior promises negotiations with IBA's Channel 1 eventually ended fruitlessly, and the greater expenses the show took on in raising the production levels ahead of an expected TV debut ran Latma into budget limitations that cancelled the weekly broadcast.
The program, which enjoys something of a cult following among nationalists, is the brainchild of veteran journalist Caroline Glick.
Nationalist legislators became involved in the matter when the IBA broadcast a promotional clip for a radical left wing satire which depicted right-wingers as murderers. This made it possible for the MKs to demand Latma as a counterbalance to the leftist satire that has dominated the discourse on Israeli TV.
Latma gained massive international recognition around the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident, in which it released its hugely popular satire song "We Con the World" sung to the famous charity song "We Are the World."
The video garnered millions of views before temporarily being blocked by YouTube for fraudulent claims of "copyright breach," and since being posted again has over two-and-a-half million views.