Tesla and X (formerly Twitter) owner Elon Musk traveled to Israel and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Both visited Kfar Azza, one of the kibbutzim most affected by the attacks organized by Hamas since the terrorist group began carrying out its attacks on Oct. 7.
Netanyahu released a photograph of his meeting with Musk on his official X account. He is seen wearing a bulletproof vest surrounded by his security detail. In addition, they had a public conversation that was broadcast live on the social network.
סיירתי עם אילון מאסק בקיבוץ כפר עזה כדי להראות לו מקרוב את הפשעים נגד האנושות שביצע חמאס @elonmusk
(צילום: עמוס בן גרשום, לע״מ) pic.twitter.com/aipX6ryv7T
— Benjamin Netanyahu - בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) November 27, 2023
During his visit, Musk made it clear that the goal is to be united to "eliminate the terrorists":
You need to pair firmness and taking out the terrorists and those intent on murder, and at the same time help those that remain, which is what happened in Germany and Japan.
Authorities did not reveal whether Netanyahu invited Musk or if he decided to travel on his own. In addition to meeting with the prime minister, he will hold a meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, and with Benny Gantz, a member of the war cabinet and former minister of defense.
#VIDEO | El primer ministro israelí Benjamín Netanyahu visita el kibutz Kfar Aza, uno de los lugares atacados por los terroristas de Hamás el 7 de octubre, junto con Elon Musk, que llegó hoy (lunes) a Israel. pic.twitter.com/JJfh4jnuOa
— VOZ (@VozMediaUSA) November 27, 2023
Support for Israel after being accused of promoting antisemitism
His visit comes after he was accused of allowing users to promote antisemitism and fascism on X. The leftist organization Media Matters blamed Musk for not preventing hatred against Jews on the social network, which caused major companies such as Apple, Disney, IBM and Lionsgate to announce that they would reduce or suspend their advertisement spending on the platform.
'Principle understanding' to bring Starlink to Israel
The Government of Israel also confirmed a "principle understanding" with Musk, for the use of his satellite communication system known as Starlink in the Gaza Strip.
This was expressed by Shlomo Karhi, Israeli minister of communications, who clarified on X that it is a "significant agreement" with the company.
"Starlink satellite units can only be operated in Israel with the approval of the Israeli Ministry of Communications, including the Gaza Strip," he wrote.
"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," the official added.
Elon Musk, I congratulate you for reaching a principle understanding with the Ministry of Communications under my leadership.
As a result of this significant agreement, Starlink satellite units can only be operated in Israel with the approval of the Israeli Ministry of…
— 🇮🇱שלמה קרעי - Shlomo Karhi (@shlomo_karhi) November 27, 2023