Israel will shut down Al Jazeera’s media office in the country in addition to revoking permission for its journalists.
Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara alleges that the channel supports terrorism and says that the Arabic and English language channels will be blocked.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Qatar’s television network of ‘inciting’. Al Jazeera condemned the decision.
The Israeli government said it was based on a similar ban imposed by Saudi Arabia a number of other Sunni Arab states after a diplomatic dispute with Qatar, which is the founder of Al Jazeera.
Ayoub Kara said that companies providing cable TV services have agreed to unplug it from the air network, however, efforts to shut down Al Jazeera’s bureau in Jerusalem will require further legal provisions.
“Al Jazeera has become a major tool of ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran,” he told a news conference.
Netanyahu praised Ayoub Kara through his cue, “who carried out my instructions to take concrete steps to end Al Jazeera’s incitement.”
An official of Al Jazeera in the capital of Qatar, Doha, said that they deplored the actions of a state that claims to be the only democratic state in the Middle East and considers what they do it is a dangerous step.
Netanyahu accused the pan-Arab TV channel sparked a crisis in the region for Muslims called al-Haram al-Sharif and to the Jewish religion called the Temple Mount or the Temple Mount.
At the end of July, the Israeli prime minister declared it would ‘expel Al Jazeera’ over their report on the issue, which Israel considers to have fueled violence. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera’s leadership denied and said that their coverage was “professional and objective”.
The network editor accused Netanyahu of colluding with their autocratic Arab neighbors in launching attacks on free and independent media.
Arabic-language news channel Al Jazeera was first launched in 1996, and immediately shook the media landscape in the Middle East with a broadcast that broadcast critical news on the government and authorities in the region.
Al Jazeera said it was the first Arab channel to feature Israeli politicians and commentators in the air. However, Israel often accuses it of reporting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.