Tech billionaire Elon Musk may operate his satellite internet service Starlink over Gaza, the Israeli government announced Monday. Its actions must be approved by the Ministry of Communications, both in Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Musk traveled to the Middle Eastern nation after being pummeled on vague charges of antisemitism.
Minister of Communications Shlomo Karhi congratulated Musk on the deal reached with Tel Aviv. He posted on Musk’s X, formerly Twitter, that “as the State of Israel fights against Hamas — ISIS, this understanding is vital, as it is for everyone who desires a better world.”
Karhi encouraged Musk to gather “valuable insight” from his time in Israel that will lead to future partnerships.
On the surface, the deal appeared to be a sharp turn from the Jewish government’s initial response to Musk providing internet access to Gaza. The entrepreneur offered to supply internet connections to the Strip after Israel cut off wireless communications following the Oct. 7 massacre.
Elon Musk and Israeli Ministry of Communications Reach Agreement on Starlink Operations 🛰️
• Starlink satellite units can now operate in Israel, including Gaza, with approval from the Israeli Ministry of Communications.
• The agreement is deemed vital for Israel in their… pic.twitter.com/AGHV9Z492e
— Dima Zeniuk (@DimaZeniuk) November 27, 2023
He previously said he would provide the service to “internationally recognized aid organizations” following the Hamas terrorist attack. Israel subsequently launched a land offensive into Gaza and severed most services to the region.
Karhi criticized the offer, saying that terrorist enemies of Israel would utilize internet access to coordinate further attacks.
Musk recently came under fire for his support of a social media post criticizing some Jewish organizations for promoting “hatred against Whites.” The posting said that communities are spreading the same sentiments they want others to stop targeting them with.
Musk responded, “You have said the actual truth.” And for this he was vilified in some circles.
He vehemently declared that he was not disparaging the Jewish people, but only leftists who stir resentment of Western civilization. It is clear that Musk targeted those who advocate for the uncontrolled mass migration that is fundamentally changing several nations.
The reported deal was not initially confirmed by Starlink or the Israeli government.
Starlink is a system of thousands of low-orbit satellites used to bring internet connectivity to far-flung corners of the globe. It is a critical service in times of natural disaster as well as war, as has been demonstrated in Ukraine since last year’s Russian invasion.