The a-band (802.11a) is not open to consumer use in Israel. The iPad is enabled for a/b/g/n. The latter 3 use the 2.4 GHz band, just like (newer) cordless phones. a-band wi-fi uses channels in the 5.0 GHz band, which is not open to consumer use in Israel. The Whale
Firebomb thrown during demonstration in northern Israeli town of Umm al Fahm (Haaretz)
from the article: Why has Israel banned the iPad?