SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was informed during his recent visit to Israel that his Starlink satellite network can only operate in Gaza with the approval of the Israeli Ministry of Communications. Last month, Musk announced Starlink’s intention to provide connectivity to recognized aid organizations in Gaza, which has experienced prolonged blackouts amid the conflict with Israel.
Israeli Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi revealed on social platform X that Musk has reached a “principle understanding” with the ministry, emphasizing that Starlink operations in Israel, including Gaza, require official approval.
While Musk has not publicly confirmed any agreement, his visit to Israel coincides with a pause in hostilities and heightened scrutiny of his social platform X for alleged antisemitism.
Musk’s commitment to providing Starlink connectivity in Gaza initially sparked tensions with the Israeli government, which raised concerns about potential misuse by Hamas for “terrorist activities.” Starlink, a project under Musk’s SpaceX, utilizes a network of Earth-orbiting satellites to deliver internet connectivity to areas with limited access.
During his visit, Musk toured a kibbutz devastated by a recent militant assault, captured images on his mobile phone, and posted cryptic messages on X, including “Actions speak louder than words.”
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