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Israel will close the Al Jazeera news network in the country

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Jerusalem on February 18.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera’s operations in the country will be shut down.

Netanyahu said in a post on

The decision comes a month after Netanyahu vowed to shut down the country’s television channel after passing a sweeping law allowing the government to ban foreign networks seen as a threat to national security.

Netanyahu said on X in early April that he planned to “immediately act in accordance with the new law” to halt the outlet’s operations in the country. Netanyahu’s government has long complained about Al Jazeera’s activities, claiming anti-Israel bias.

In response, Al Jazeera – which reports on the ground on Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza – condemned the decision and vowed to continue its “bold and professional reporting”.

The new law gave the prime minister and the communications minister the power to order the temporary closure of foreign networks operating in Israel – powers that rights groups say could have far-reaching consequences for international media coverage of the war in Gaza.

Rights groups condemned the move at the time, with Human Rights Watch calling it “an alarming escalation,” while the Committee to Protect Journalists said it was “deeply concerned” by the new legislation.

The move comes after negotiators met in Cairo on Saturday in an attempt to secure a ceasefire and hostage agreement.

Negotiators have made progress on the technical aspects of a possible deal, but two Israeli sources say it could take a week to finalize the deal itself. Qatar has played a key role in negotiating a ceasefire in the ongoing war.

This is a developing story and will be updated.