Israel Congratulates Elon Musk on Acquiring Twitter, Defending Free Speech

But Jewish state hopes the tech visionary and world’s richest man can help stifle the growing antisemitism and incitement against Jews on social media

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Elon Musk
Israel Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel (left) is looking forward to the new era of Twitter under Elon Musk.
Israel Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel (left) is looking forward to the new era of Twitter under Elon Musk. Photo: Flash90 / EPA

Israel Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel on Tuesday tweeted congratulations to Elon Musk on his acquisition of Twitter, a move that sent shockwaves through the media world.

Hendel describes himself as a liberal right-wing nationalist, what some might see as the local equivalent of the American “libertarian.”

Musk himself falls very much in that camp, and above all else is fiercely committed to free speech for all, including those who’s views don’t line up with the mainstream consensus.

Hendel said that Israel is looking forward to a new era in which Musk’s brand of free speech becomes the norm on Twitter. But he also hopes the Tesla and SpaceX founder can help curb growing antisemitism and incitement against Israel on social media.

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