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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) with Elon Musk in Fremont, Calif. on Sept. 18, 2023.

Israel’s Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi gave the greenlight for Starlink, the satellite giant owned by Elon Musk, to operate in the country for the first time.

The Ministry of Communications said that this means the country’s local authorities, emergency departments, government bodies and more, will be able to “continue to consume advanced communication services with broadband, even in case of wired and cellular communication failures.”


In addition, the Minister of Communications and the representatives of the company reached agreements regarding the entry of Starlink into the Gaza Strip. Today the security officials approved the introduction of one such unit to a field hospital of the United Arab Emirates in Rafah. Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency connections will allow conference calls with other hospitals and real-time remote diagnoses.

The Starlink company, owned and operated by SpaceX, operates communication services that include broadband internet via satellites and independent of communication centers located on the ground.


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