There were no specific victims or deceased mentioned in the given text. : “Israel Considers Closing Down Al Jazeera: A Look at Arab Media’s Impact”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Israel has long viewed Al Jazeera as a dangerous media outlet, comparing it to German Nazi-style media, according to Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. In June 2017, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered the option of closing down Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel. However, this step has not been taken in the past due to concerns about potential damage to Israel’s public relations.

Al Jazeera, a Qatari TV network, is known for its tendentious and inciteful coverage, particularly regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It broadcasts in Arabic and English and is funded by Qatari money. Founded in 1996, Al Jazeera has revolutionized media consumption in the Arab world, challenging local media outlets controlled by the local regime.

In Israel, Al Jazeera is broadcast on cable and attracts a substantial number of viewers, despite its biased reporting. The network is considered an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and is unlikely to provide balanced news coverage, especially regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Israeli spokespersons, including IDF Arabic spokesman Avichay Adraee, were previously interviewed by Al Jazeera, but this has been stopped due to the channel’s extremist messages against Israel.

Al Jazeera is not only controversial in Israel; it also faces opposition within the Arab world. Egypt, for example, treats Al Jazeera as an enemy due to the channel’s promotion of the Arab Spring revolutions. The Qatari channel also has a strained relationship with the Syrian government and criticizes Hezbollah, although this has changed as Hezbollah joined the war against Israel.

Another major international Arab news outlet, Al-Arabiya, is considered more moderate than Al Jazeera. It also has reporters covering Israel and is critical of Hamas. While Al-Arabiya does not want to be seen as pro-Israel, it is against Hamas and has been looking forward to what happens after the war.

Overall, Arab TV channels like Al Jazeera and Al-Arabiya present a dilemma for Israel. Allowing them to operate freely risks inciteful coverage, but curbing their activities raises concerns about censorship and obstruction of journalists. Despite calls to stop Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel, no concrete action has been taken thus far.

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