While people are rightly questioning Elon Musk’s latest Starlink publicity stunt in Gaza, after using the Ukraine war as a backdrop for promoting Starlink, it’s the Biden administration that actually ensured Hamas has internet access.
A senior U.S. official said Sunday that Israel had shut off communications in the enclave of 2.3 million and the United States had pressured the government to switch them back on. The Israelis did not tell their U.S. counterparts why they had switched off communications, the official said.
“We made it clear they had to be turned back on,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive negotiations. “The communications are back on. They need to stay back on.”
Why? A senior Biden administration official asked with a straight face.
Why indeed would anyone possibly turn off internet access that allows Hamas to bring in money from abroad (Hamas, like North Korea and other heavily sanctioned entities relies heavily on cryptocurrency), conduct command and control functions, stay abreast of Israeli military operations, have access to Google Maps and Google Earth (helpful for planning attacks), spread propaganda calling for more terror attacks, and maintain communications with their planners in Tehran and Moscow.
I didn’t realize that the internet was a ‘human right’. Also isn’t the media repeating Hamas claims that they have no fuel or power? So how then do they have any internet to access?
Gaza, we’re told, has run out of everything except rockets and iPhones. And if you don’t let Hamas have internet, it’s genocide.