During his visit to Israel, Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and owner of the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), has expressed his desire to contribute to dismantling Hamas. This statement follows criticism from civil rights groups accusing Musk of amplifying antisemitism on X. Currently in Israel, Musk intends to discuss strategies for combating online antisemitism, address the Starlink satellite service in Gaza, and delve into AI safety.
In a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Musk underscored the challenge of countering antisemitism, emphasizing the need to curb propaganda that incites violence. Netanyahu asserted that Hamas must be eradicated, and Musk concurred, stating, \”There\’s no choice.\”
As discussions took place on the last day of a four-day truce between Israel and Hamas, Qatar later announced a two-day extension of the truce. On Sunday, Hamas released 17 hostages, including a 4-year-old Israeli-American girl, bringing the total to 58 released prisoners. In exchange, Israel liberated 117 Palestinian prisoners.
Israel has expressed willingness to extend the truce if Hamas continues releasing hostages, responding to international pressure for a sustained halt in fighting. US President Joe Biden has endorsed the extension, emphasizing the goal of maintaining the pause as long as prisoners are being released.