TV7 Israel is an official newsgathering and production bureau based in Jerusalem. TV7 Israel is recognized as an official news provider by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), and an Active Member of the Foreign Press Association (FPA). Under the guidance of Mr. Jonathan Hessen, who acts as the Editor in Chief and Lead Anchor of TV7 Israel News and Jerusalem Studio, TV7 Israel seeks to provide viewers with accurate information on the situation in Israel and the challenges it faces. As a Christian broadcast, TV7 Israel seeks to encourage audiences to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122) and deepen their knowledge pertaining to current affairs.
TV7 Israel is the Jerusalem branch of Heaven TV7, a Finnish-based Christian Television Network. It broadcasts on the regular cable networks in Finland and Estonia, as well as IP TV in Sweden and Russia. In addition, TV7 Israel provides several Christian networks in the United States, Indonesia and India with daily/weekly productions. TV7 Israel also maintains an active presence on social media including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, reaching millions of potential households around the world.
TV7 Israel News: A 10-minute Daily news segment focusing on worldwide policy-changing affairs, particularly the Middle East; which have direct or indirect implications on the peace of Jerusalem, Israel. (since 2009)
Jerusalem Studio: A bi-weekly 30-minute News Talk Show, featuring top experts from respective fields of research including officials from government, intelligence agencies and academia. The program seeks to provide viewers with an overall understanding of unfolding global events that pose challenges to Israel’s security, as well as the Middle East’s stability. (since 2011)
TV7 Israel is headed by its Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief, Mr. Jonathan Hessen, who serves the Ministry together with his wife, Mrs. Ma’ayan Hessen. A Jerusalem-born Evangelical Christian with a strong family background within the sectors of Israel’s domestic media and government, Mr. Hessen is an accomplished writer and entrepreneur. As an IDF (combat) veteran with a background in intelligence, strategic research and government, Mr. Hessen chose to use his experience for the purpose of serving the Body of Christ around the world, to educate and encourage active research regarding events that impact Israel’s peace and security. Mr. Hessen’s aim: “To provide Christians with the required knowledge of how to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122).”
Mr. Martti Ojares, a born-again Christian, Finnish business executive, communications consultant and media influencer served as the Executive Vice President of Sanoma Group 1990 – 2002. Since his retirement, Mr. Ojares and his wife Mirja co-founded Heaven TV7, a Christian Helsinki-headquartered cable network that is broadcast in Finland, Estonia, Sweden and Russia.
As Chairman of the TV7 Israel Board of Directors, Mr. Ojares offers the organization’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief Mr. Jonathan Hessen with regular council vis-à-vis production-related development, as well as spiritual guidance. Mr. Ojares supervises all macro aspects of TV7 Israel’s operations including oversight of all spending; subsequently providing accountability to guarantee a transparent use of the production’s (donation-based) finances.
Mr. Jonathan Hessen, TV7 Israel Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief (TFTN President)
Mr. Yair Pinto, TV7 Israel Office Manager and Anchor (TFTN Vice President)
Mr. Sergei Tkachuk, TV7 Israel News Director & Technical Manager
Mr. Chen Kalifa, TV7 Israel, Jerusalem Studio Director & Aerial Production Coordinator
Ms. Monika Jaaguri, TV7 Israel, News Content Editor and Translator
Mrs. Ma’ayan Hessen, Jerusalem Studio’ Producer, News Content Editor & Anchor (TFTN Secretary)
Ms. Erin Viner, TV7 Israel, News Content Editor, Researcher
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” (Psalm 122: 6-7)
שַׁ֭אֲלוּ שְׁל֣וֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָ֑ם יִ֝שְׁלָ֗יוּ אֹהֲבָֽיִךְ: יְהִֽי-שָׁל֥וֹם בְּחֵילֵ֑ךְ שַׁ֝לְוָ֗ה בְּאַרְמְנוֹתָֽיִךְ” תהילים קכב, ז-ח”