- Elon Musk embarks on his visit to Israel by touring Kibbutz Kfar Aza with PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Kfar Aza suffered an attack by Hamas on October 7, resulting in over 100 civilian casualties.
- Musk will also hold discussions with Israel’s president on the issue of antisemitism on X.
Elon Musk recently visited the region in Israel that was targeted by Hamas during a terrorist attack last month, shortly after being accused of antisemitism. The billionaire businessman was escorted around Kibbutz Kfar Aza by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, while wrapped in protective gear, as seen in a video shared by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.
Hamas militants infiltrated the village, located about three miles east of Gaza, on October 7, resulting in the deaths of over 100 civilians. This was part of a series of attacks that claimed about 1,200 lives in total.
The attacks led to retaliatory strikes from Israel, resulting in over 14,500 deaths in Gaza, according to Palestinian authorities.
The video provided by Netanyahu’s office depicts Musk assessing the devastation in Kfar Aza and touring numerous burned-out houses while being briefed by an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson and another official.
Musk, Netanyahu, and the officials also visited the home of Ofir Libstein, the former head of the regional council, who was killed while defending the kibbutz against Hamas terrorists, as reported by The Times of Israel.
Additionally, Musk and Netanyahu visited the site of the abduction of 4-year-old Avigail Idan, whose parents were fatally shot in front of her on October 7. Idan was taken hostage but was released on Sunday.
Before this visit, Musk had previously met with Netanyahu in California in September to discuss the issue of antisemitism on X, Musk’s social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
The acclaimed billionaire is scheduled to meet Israel’s President Isaac Herzog to further address the issue of antisemitism on X.
A recent controversial post by Musk on X, in which he referred to an antisemitic post as “the actual truth”, sparked widespread backlash, with the White House condemning it as “an abhorrent promotion of antisemitic and racist hate.”
“In their meeting, the President will emphasize the need to act to combat rising antisemitism online,” stated Herzog’s office.
Musk had upset Israeli officials last month following his announcement of plans to provide Starlink internet access to Palestinians in Gaza. However, after discussions with Netanyahu’s office and the head of Shin Bet, Ronen Bar, Musk clarified that he was “not in a hurry” to activate the satellite communication in Gaza, according to N12.
After the visit to Kfar Aza, Musk shared a post on X, stating, “Actions speak louder than words.”
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