Israeli Minister Threatens to Close Al Jazeera's Offices in Country

Israeli minister asks for closure of Al Jazeera's offices in Jerusalem

Israel moves to close Al Jazeera's offices over 'support for terrorism'

Earlier on Sunday, Reuters reported that Kara chose to close the station for "supporting terrorism" and that he will "revoke press credentials of Al-Jazeera TV journalists, close their Jerusalem bureau and pull the Qatar-based station's broadcasts from local cable and satellite providers".

The official, who declined to be named, said the broadcaster "will follow up the subject through appropriate legal and judicial procedures".

"Al-Jazeera deplores this action from a state that is called the only democratic state in the Middle East and considers what it has done is risky", said the official from the broadcaster who declined to be named.

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According to Al Jazeera, the plan would revoke the credentials of all journalists working for the broadcaster's Arabic and English credentials, shut down its cable and satellite transmissions, and evict staff from their Jerusalem headquarters. Israel wants to close the broadcaster's offices in the country.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously threatened Al Jazeera over its coverage of violence and security measures at the Temple Mount-Noble Sanctuary compound.

Netanyahu congratulated Kara on twitter, writing that: "Following my instructions, he took several practical steps today to stop the actions of incitement by Al Jazeera in Israel".

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The news broadcaster denounced the country's decision in a statement shortly after. However, it is also controversial within the Arab world.

"If this is not possible because of legal interpretation, I am going to seek to have the necessary legislation adopted to expel al-Jazeera from Israel". The site saw violent clashes in recent weeks.

"Al Jazeera will continue to cover the events of the occupied Palestinian territories professionally and accurately, according to the standards set by global agencies, such as the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom)". A Palestinian also broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them. After protests by Palestinians, the Israeli government removed the metal detectors and other security methods.

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