Lawmaker: Israel iPad Ban Stems From IDF Security Fears

Yisrael Beiteinu's Robert Ilatov urgs Communications Minister to lift ban off of Apple's new computers.

The reason the Communications Ministry is blocking the entry of iPad tablet computers into Israel is that the device's wireless communications could interfere with frequencies used by the military, said MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beiteinu) yesterday. He wrote a letter to Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, calling on him to allow the importation of Apple's new computers, which the ministry banned last week. Ilatov said the ban had harmed Israel's image around the world, and kept Israelis from using cutting-edge technology.

He said that major international media outlets such as CNN and The Wall Street Journal had reported on the ban, and had ridiculed Israel over it.

The ministry banned importation of the devices last week, saying they did not meet European standards for wireless use of communications frequencies. It said that when the international models meeting European standards went on sale they would be allowed into Israel, as long as the buyers paid any and all required taxes.