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Israel Explores Starlink for Emergency Internet Amid Border Tensions with Hezbollah

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Hebrew media reported on Tuesday that Israel is actively considering deploying Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite network to safeguard internet connectivity during potential emergencies in a strategic move amid escalating tensions along its northern border.

According to the Calcalist financial daily, Israel’s finance and communications ministries are collaborating to leverage Starlink’s constellation of 5,000 low-orbit satellites.

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The aim is to ensure uninterrupted data flow to critical government offices, especially in scenarios where traditional communication infrastructure may be compromised due to conflict-induced power outages.

“The ambition is that every emergency management office in a government office will have Starlink backup to ensure functional continuity in an emergency,” a source familiar with the matter informed Calcalist.

This initiative follows Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi’s recent authorization for Starlink, a subsidiary of SpaceX, to operate in Israel and even in the Gaza Strip.

Initially met with resistance over concerns that the service could be exploited by hostile groups like Hamas, the permission underscores Israel’s urgency in fortifying its technological resilience amid regional instability.

Starlink, renowned for providing internet access to remote areas and during infrastructure failures, has emerged as a critical resource in conflict zones.

Elon Musk, the visionary behind the project, notably extended Starlink’s support to Ukraine during its conflict with Russia, underscoring its potential to bolster national resilience.

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The backdrop to Israel’s consideration of Starlink is marked by ongoing hostilities with Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militant group based in Lebanon.

Recent skirmishes on the northern border have resulted in casualties on both sides, escalating fears of broader conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stressed the importance of diplomatic solutions while preparing for military contingencies to address security threats.

“The only way to lower tensions is through a ceasefire in the Gaza war,” affirmed US officials amidst international calls for de-escalation.

In anticipation of potential scenarios where conventional communication channels could be compromised by missile attacks or infrastructure damage, Israel’s exploration of Starlink reflects a proactive approach to maintaining operational continuity in critical sectors.

As tensions persist, the Israeli government continues to navigate complex geopolitical challenges, balancing diplomatic efforts with preparedness for security contingencies.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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