Israel says Al Jazeera is a security threat. The network says that’s a dangerous lie.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 1 vowed to shut down Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel, calling it a “terror channel” that spreads incitement, after parliament passed a law clearing the way for the closure.

Mr. Netanyahu’s pledge escalated Israel’s long-running feud against Al Jazeera. It also threatened to heighten tensions with Qatar, which owns the channel, at a time when the Doha government is playing a key role in mediation efforts to halt the war in Gaza.

The broadcaster condemned Mr. Netanyahu’s incitement claim as a “dangerous ludicrous lie.” Al Jazeera said late April 1 that it holds Mr. Netanyahu responsible for the safety of its staff and offices, that it would continue what it described as its bold and professional coverage, and that it “reserves the right to pursue every legal step.”

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