Israeli Communication Minister Ayoob Kara apologized on Friday for his remarks about broadcasters that air “fake news.” Speaking in Eilat, Kara made a statement that was widely interpreted as support for warranting the death penalty for such broadcasters. The Druze Likud member claims that his comment was misunderstood.







Israeli Communication Minister Ayoob Kara

Israeli Communication Minister Ayoob Kara Photo Credit: Olivier Fitoussi/POOL/Flash 90

After Israeli Communication Minister Ayoob Kara’s comment about airing “fake news” at a Likud conference in Eilat sparked controversy, the Druze minister clarified his statement. Kara’s statement on Friday was widely interpreted as support for warranting the death penalty for broadcasters that air “fake news.”  

“I meant that someone who broadcasts ‘fake news’ is bringing the death penalty upon himself,” he said, stressing that people will stop watching the TV network because of the unreliable content.

“They will bring upon themselves [the death penalty], not me,” he added. “People will not watch them and this channel won’t exists.” When asked about his choice of words, he said: “What can I do that my mother tongue is Arabic? I need to sometimes pick quickly words in Hebrew and sometimes [I] make mistakes.”