Posted March 15, 2020 11:38:08Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, in his annual address to the country’s Parliament, called for the Internet to be made available free of charge to everyone, regardless of where they live.
Netanyahu said the Internet should be made universally accessible to everyone regardless of how they live, noting that it should be free of any restrictions, such as the creation of special services for special groups or the ownership of a few companies.
In an address that was widely criticized for being overly-confrontational, the president said he would use the Internet as a platform to promote peace and democracy and promote a culture of freedom and openness that is more inclusive.
Netanyahus opposition to such a move was strong.
Some of them even went so far as to suggest that if the government were to do away with the Internet altogether, the country could move to a new model of communication.
Netzanyahu, who has called for a complete Internet shutdown in the event of war or unrest, has been outspoken against any attempt to privatize the Internet.
In response, the government has been cracking down on bloggers and internet users who dare to criticize the government.
On Monday, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the municipality of Beit El, a Tel Aviv suburb, must block access to social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter.
The court also fined Beit el over $1,000 for blocking the social media sites and ordered it to compensate the municipality for damages.
The municipality has appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but no date has yet been set for the hearing.
Neta has also ordered the municipality to create a committee of experts to look into the possibility of making the Internet freely available for all citizens.
Netanya’s recent moves are part of a wider campaign to privatizing the internet.
Earlier this year, it began to auction off its telecommunications and communications assets to private firms, with the aim of selling them off in order to fund social projects.
Netanayahu also said he was considering privatizing public telecommunications companies.
But he has also announced plans to make the privatization process more transparent and transparently presented by government bodies.
Netahs latest move comes in response to criticism from members of his coalition, including former ministers Yair Lapid and Avigdor Lieberman.
Lapid called Netanyahun’s decision to privatise the Internet a “dangerous step.”
He also said it was a violation of the rule of law.
Netna’s government has taken a very pragmatic approach to social issues, and he is not a hard-liner, Lapid said.
Netana’s decision “will make it harder for Netanyamun to make his decision in the future,” he added.
The Israeli government has previously said it will sell off assets owned by the state to private companies, in order for them to be sold to pay off the national debt.
The country’s financial crisis, however, has also led to some privatization proposals.