The Israeli Minister of Communications, Shlomo Karhi, harshly blasted Elon Musk for his apparent willingness to back Starlink within Gaza in certain instances.
Karhi took to Musk's platform, X, to vent his frustration over the tech billionaire's comments.
Israel blocked internet connectivity to the Gaza Strip in the wake of Hamas' attack on Israel on October 7. However,
Musk had stated that SpaceX might offer Starlink internet from the region for humanitarian workers if someone were to attempt to use it (he added that no one had),
following criticism of the decision as inhumane by a number of prominent U.S. politicians and others.
In the posts from Saturday, Karhi stated that Israel would oppose any Starlink internet connection that Musk decided to provide to everyone within Gaza,
no matter who they were, and that he knew that eventually the technology would end up in the hands of Hamas,
a terrorist organization.Musk retorted, "We are not so naive," and restated that no one had attempted to use Starlink in the region (the commercial Starlink service was unavailable in Israel and Palestine prior to the conflict).