Israel Selects SpaceX's Starlink for Wartime Communications

Israel Selects SpaceX's Starlink for Wartime Communications

In response to the ongoing conflict with Hamas that escalated on October 7, Israel's Minister of Communications, Shlomo Karhi, has unveiled a plan to secure crucial wartime communications with SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet service. The announcement, made on October 17, signifies a significant step in the nation's efforts to maintain communication infrastructure as it prepares to launch a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip aimed at eliminating the threat posed by Hamas.

Karhi disclosed that the Israeli government is actively working with SpaceX to provide satellite-based broadband services through the Starlink network. This initiative will focus on making satellite devices accessible to local users, particularly those residing in conflict-prone areas, such as regional councils and community leaders in settlements within conflict zones.



It's important to note that this marks the maiden use of SpaceX's Starlink service in Israel, as the company has not officially launched its satellite internet service in the country prior to this collaboration. As part of their cooperation, Israel is considering implementing measures to restrict cellular communication and internet access in Gaza, a move that Karhi hinted at in a separate statement. 

SpaceX's Starlink operates by utilizing satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to deliver high-speed internet services to users on the ground. This technology has gained recognition for its effectiveness in providing broadband connectivity to both civilians and military personnel in conflict zones. Notably, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine last year, SpaceX promptly deployed thousands of Starlink units to support the Ukrainian population and troops along the frontlines of the ongoing conflict. The collaboration with SpaceX's Starlink aims to ensure reliable communication channels as the nations confront the challenges of keeping the civilian population safe in times of war. 

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