In anticipation of a looming ground invasion in Gaza, Israel has entered into discussions with SpaceX to establish Starlink satellite internet services for enhanced wartime communication capabilities. SpaceX’s Starlink service, renowned for its utilization of constellations of low-Earth orbit satellites, is designed to deliver low-latency internet access to users worldwide. Currently unavailable in Israel, accessing this service necessitates the installation of a Starlink terminal.
An Israeli official has disclosed that negotiations are underway with SpaceX to introduce Starlink to Israel’s connectivity landscape, citing its potential utility in managing cell and internet communications in Gaza. The Israeli Minister of Communications, Shlomo Karhi, stated, “Activities are being carried out to coordinate the firm ‘Starlink’ in Israel, in order to enable the operation of satellite communication terminals from the company ‘Space-X,’ allowing connection to broadband Internet in Israel. Additionally, the ministry encourages the acquisition of these satellite devices for mayors and settlement leaders in the settlements along the war lines under the direction of the minister.
This strategic move underscores Israel’s commitment to securing robust and resilient communication channels, particularly in times of heightened conflict and crisis.
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