Elon Musk Visits Israel to Discuss Online Controversy and Support Israel’s Fight Against Hamas
Famed billionaire Elon Musk visited Israel on Monday, where he met with the country’s leaders and walked through a kibbutz recently devastated by Hamas. The visit was an attempt to address outrage caused by Musk’s endorsement of an antisemitic post on his social media platform.
During his visit, Musk was guided through Kfar Azza, one of the kibbutzim attacked on October 7, by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, where he met with victims and families affected by recent violent incursions. Earlier, Musk had condemned the actions of Hamas and expressed his support for the destruction of the militant group.
In a meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, the president urged Musk to address online antisemitism on the platforms owned by him. Representatives of the families of hostages held by Hamas also joined the meeting and shared their experiences with the recent attacks.
Musk’s visit to Israel comes amidst mounting controversy surrounding antisemitism and his social media platform, X. He had previously agreed with claims that Jewish communities contribute to “hatred against Whites,” leading to widespread criticism and a major exodus of advertisers from the platform.
Despite the ongoing turbulence surrounding his actions, Musk’s visit to Israel sparked hope for an extended truce between Israel and Hamas. Currently, Hamas has initiated the release of hostages in a possible bid to prolong the ceasefire. Israeli President Herzog expressed cautious optimism, stating that the truce could be extended, contingent on Hamas freeing more hostages.
This is an ongoing story, and more developments are expected in the coming days.