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Having spent the last few months reeling from a concerted effort by Arab states to curtail its activities, Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera has now been hit by a pincer movement by the Israeli Government.

Al Jazeera English newsroom 5 July 2017The news channel has long been seen as a thorn in the side of the Israeli Government and now the country’s communications minister Ayoob Kara has announced plans to revoke the press credentials of Al Jazeera journalists and, before totally pulling the plug on its operations, has asked local cable and satellite networks to block Al Jazeera transmissions. While there were no plans as yet to introduce specific legislation banning Al Jazeera outright from Israel, the move would see journalists prevented from working there.

In July 2017, Al Jazeera was caught in the wake of demands by the governments of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to close the Al Jazeera TV network in their respective countries as part of a package of diplomatic sanctions against Qatar.

Commenting on the move, Kara was quoted by the Guardian newspaper as saying: “Lately, almost all countries in our region determined that Al Jazeera supports terrorism, supports religious radicalisation. And when we see that all these countries have determined as fact that Al Jazeera is a tool of the Islamic State, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran, and we are the only one who have not determined that, then something delusional is happening here.”