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Elon Musk’s Starlink deal with Israel raises questions amid Gaza Conflict

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Tech magnate Elon Musk reportedly visited Israel on Monday against the backdrop of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas fighters in Gaza.

The visit follows Israel’s announcement that it has agreed in principle to utilize Musk’s SpaceX company’s Starlink communications in the Gaza Strip.

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Musk to delve into the security aspects of artificial intelligence and engage in a live online discussion, as revealed by Netanyahu’s office.

Communication Minister Shlomo Karhi took to Twitter on Monday, asserting that Starlink satellite units would only be permitted to operate in Israel and the Gaza Strip following approval from the Communications Ministry.

The understanding between Karhi and Musk was labelled “vital” by the Israeli Communications Minister, who emphasized its significance for those seeking a “better world, free of evil and free of anti-Semitism, for our children’s sake.”

Starlink, a project by SpaceX, provides high-speed internet access globally through a constellation of thousands of satellites, primarily the Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) Starlink satellites operated by SpaceX.

This development sparked controversy, with Elon Musk stating in October that SpaceX’s Starlink would support communication links in Gaza with “internationally recognized aid organizations.”

Israel’s Communication Minister responded by stating that Israel would oppose the move, citing concerns that Hamas might exploit the technology for terrorist activities.

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Responding to Musk’s earlier post on X, Israel’s Communication Minister Shlomo Karhi had expressed strong opposition, vowing to use all means available to combat the move.

He raised concerns about the potential misuse of Starlink by Hamas for nefarious purposes and suggested tying any cooperation with the release of abducted individuals.

The article also revisits a past incident where Elon Musk endorsed an antisemitic conspiracy theory on X, prompting condemnation from the White House and leading to significant brands pausing advertising on the platform.

Critics accused the platform, formerly known as Twitter, of amplifying anti-Jewish hatred.

In a telephone and internet blackout on October 28, people in the Gaza Strip found themselves isolated from the world, and each other as Israel escalated its air and ground assault.

This blackout underscores the potential significance of Musk’s Starlink in providing alternative communication channels in conflict zones.

As Musk’s visit and the Starlink agreement unfold, questions linger about the potential impact on the geopolitical landscape, the utilization of technology in conflict zones, and the broader implications for communication services in areas experiencing turmoil.

The meeting between Musk and Netanyahu may shed light on how such collaborations can navigate the complex intersection of technology, security, and international relations.

 

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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