Al-Jazeera, Israel-Gaza War

It's unanimous: Israeli government votes to ban al-Jazeera from Israel

The decision comes after a delay in the cabinet vote due to disagreement on the timing of banning a Qatari media outlet during hostage negotiations mediated by the country.

Al-Jazeera logo. Illustration. (Photo: Ralf Liebhold/Shutterstock)

The government decided today (Sunday), unanimously, to bar al-Jazeera from broadcasting in Israel in any capacity.

A planned vote on the shuttering of Al-Jazeera broadcasting in Israel last week was delayed. Channel 12 reporter Amit Segal said that this was due to opposition from Mossad director Dedi Barnea, who did not want to endanger hostage negotiations.

According to Segal, a number of Likud ministers agreed with the director that leeway was needed during negotiations, which meant that Netanyahu, although he wanted to go to a vote, lacked a majority.

The vote on shuttering al-Jazeera was thus delayed until Sunday, which has now passed.

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