Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Netanyahu Praises Communications Minister's Decision to Close Al Jazeera's Israel Office

Netanyahu Praises Communications Minister's Decision to Close Al Jazeera's Israel Office

Israel's ministry of communications says it plans to close the pan-Arab Al Jazeera news network and ban its journalists from reporting in the country.

He said he wants them [Al Jazeera] banned altogether.

There was no timetable given for the implementation of the measures.

During a press conference, Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara announced his intentions to limit Qatari-owned Al Jazeera's activity within Israel.

Saudi Arabia and Jordan both shut down Al Jazeera bureaus as part of the diplomatic and economic campaign against Qatar, home to Al Jazeera's headquarters.

An official at Al-Jazeera in Doha said the channel "deplores this action from a state that is called the only democratic state in the Middle East and considers what it has done is dangerous".

Mr Netanyahu wrote on Facebook on 26 July that he wanted Al Jazeera expelled amid tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

"The prime minister is not too pleased with the constant incitement that you see and hear on Al Jazeera, a lot of it in Arabic". Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has likened its coverage to "Nazi Germany-style" propaganda, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently accused the Arab satellite news broadcaster of "incitement" to violence.

Al Jazeera has come under attack from several governments in the region in recent months to the concern of free press campaigners.

Top casino themed films
As a result, he seems to acquire some “lady luck” which puts the brakes on his ability to spoil the games of others. The success of Ocean’s 11 has led to the development of a new spin-off, Oceans 8 which is due to be released in 2018.

"Freedom of expression is not freedom to incite", he said, according to a ministry statement.

Al Jazeera has condemned the decision.

"Al-Jazeera had a big role conveying the Palestinian narrative with a high professionalism", said Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesman.

Al Jazeera, which launched in 1996, was barred from the news conference.

An employee walks inside an office of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu has, however, frequently criticized news media in general, accusing various outlets of seeking to undermine his government.

Palestinians, who had viewed the new security measures as an attempt by Israel to assert further control over the compound which houses the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, then ended their boycott of the site.

Kara claimed that such extreme measures are ostensibly meant to improve journalistic practice in the country by creating "a situation that channels based in Israel will report objectively".

Like this: