Musk And Israel Reach Agreement On Starlink In Gaza

Israeli officials revealed that a “significant agreement” has been reached with Elon Musk in regards to Starlink being allowed in Gaza. However, these officials noted that Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Communications still need to approve this agreement. This meeting between Musk and Israeli officials comes after Musk’s visit to Israel.

Shlomo Karhi, the minister of communications in Israel, posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, of this agreement on Monday. Karhi posted, “Elon Musk, I congratulate you for reaching a principle understanding with the Ministry of Communications under my leadership.”

Karhi continued, “As a result of this significant agreement, Starlink satellite units can only be operated in Israel with the approval of the Israeli Ministry of Communications, including the Gaza Strip.”

Karhi also wrote about the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, posting, “As the State of Israel fights against Hamas – ISIS, this understanding is vital, as is it for everyone who desires a better world, free of evil and free of anti-Semitism, for our children’s sake.”

While this agreement has not yet been confirmed by Starlink, Musk has previously spoken about allowing the people of Gaza to receive internet access through Starlink. Since Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel on Oct. 7, Israel has cut off communications and internet use in Gaza.

This latest agreement also seems to show that the Israeli government has changed its position on allowing Starlink to provide internet access in Gaza. Previously, Karhi stated that Hamas would exploit Starlink and use this internet access to attack Israel again.

Musk recently traveled to Israel and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Musk’s trip came amid accusations that he had promoted anti-semitic content on X. He has also recently been accused of promoting an anti-semitic “replacement” conspiracy theory that posits that Jewish people send migrants to the U.S. to take White people’s jobs and lives.

Musk has fought back against these accusations of anti-semitism. After meeting with Netanyahu and seeing Israeli communities that were affected during the Oct. 7 terrorist attack, which resulted in more than 1,200 Israelis being killed, Musk said it was “jarring to see the scene of the massacre.”

According to Axios, Musk also reportedly told Netanyahu that he would like to help rebuild Gaza when the war was over.