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AT&t Internet Equipment Installers, which make up a key part of the Israeli military and security apparatus, will lose their jobs, the government said Monday.
The move comes days after the US government ordered the telecommunications giant to cease selling its equipment in Israel after the company said it had sold equipment to Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank.
The announcement comes after Israel announced last week that it was withdrawing all military-to-military communications from the occupied Palestinian territory.
The government said AT&ts internet equipment will remain in Israel, while it will be sold to the government, Israel Defense Forces and Israel’s telecoms company.
Israel had already decided to stop selling military-issued telecommunications equipment to Palestinians.
On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision was a “final decision” that would have a “devastating impact” on Israel’s economy and its people.
“It is a clear signal that Israel will not be able to compete with American companies,” Netanyahu said at the time.
“In this context, we are going to withdraw the military equipment from the Palestinian territories, and we are also going to stop purchasing military equipment for the government.”
Netanyahu has said that Israel’s “security needs” are far higher than the Palestinian economy.
Earlier this year, Israel closed its border crossings with Gaza, effectively suspending the flow of Palestinians and Israelis crossing to and from the territory.
Since the closure, Palestinians have been barred from accessing the sea, the airport and the rest of the Gaza Strip.
A US company said in December that it had bought AT&Ts internet equipment from Israel, which it said was needed to operate the country’s “critical infrastructure.”
The move was prompted by the Obama administration’s recent decision to end the so-called “peace dividend” it offered to Palestinians after it declared it was severing ties with the Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
In addition, the US announced last month that it would stop selling equipment to the Israeli Defense Forces.
Israel, the largest and most powerful US ally in the Middle East, has been the target of international criticism for its continued settlement building in the West Banks, East Jerusalem and the Gaza strip.
In a report on the latest move, the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, said it was “sad to see the Israeli government announce its intent to pull out of the US market.”
It added that “the Israeli government’s decision to divest from American military equipment is an unprecedented step by a country that has been in the United States for nearly 70 years.”