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04-14-2010, 05:27 PM #1
Israel Bans and Threatens to Confiscate iPads
While iPad shortages are causing delayed shipments on international orders elsewhere, Israel is yet to get the iPad too - but by choice. And the nation is effectively threatening anyone who attempts to purchase or obtain a US version of the device. What's more, an Israeli who does so will have their tablet confiscated. You see, the Communications Ministry in Israel has blocked the import of iPads to Israel.
So adamant is the government regarding this policy that if anyone attempts to enter the country through customs with an iPad, officers have been granted authority to confiscate any and all Apple tablets. Even worse, iPad owners will be slapped with a fine in order to cover the cost of storing the device until the present ban is lifted.
While several media outlets have slanted coverage to suggest that Israel has banned the use of iPads for some unspecified reason, Israel has admitted to holding off on the iPad's arrival until the device has been thoroughly tested and inspected by the government. Apple's Israel distributor is apparently yet to provide Israel with enough details as to how the device works from the inside and out. Until then, there will be no such thing as an iPad permitted within Israeli borders.
According to one Israeli government official who spoke with Haaretz:
As the Israeli regulations in the area of Wi-Fi are similar to European standards, which are different from American standards, which permit broadcasting at lower power, therefore the broadcast levels of the device prevent approving its use in Israel.
04-14-2010, 05:29 PM #2
and why are they doing this
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04-14-2010, 05:31 PM #3
Amazing that someone can hate apple more than i do.
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04-14-2010, 05:35 PM #4
04-14-2010, 05:39 PM #5
must be a boring day,no good news to report on.
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04-14-2010, 05:42 PM #6
Seems the iPad has problems with WiFi power and channel usage.
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04-14-2010, 05:42 PM #7
lolz @ israel,
such a stupid government in many ways,
04-14-2010, 05:44 PM #8
So what does this mean for visitors to Israel? Are you going to try to take my iPad even though I'm just visiting for a few days, then going back to my home? Don't think so.
04-14-2010, 05:47 PM #9
I think this has a lot to do with Israel not being happy with U.S. diplomacy. Recently the U.S. hasn't been siding with Israel on all their decisions. Politics...
But for someone who's pissed that the iPad doesn't include Flash I say GOOD.
04-14-2010, 05:58 PM #10
EDIT CPJR - Worthless.
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04-14-2010, 06:00 PM #11
^^ now now. No one is perfect - including yourself.
04-14-2010, 06:04 PM #12
lol - aren't we a bunch of s holes.. ^
its not completely accurate
the latest statement is allowing only one iPad per parson - our dumb *** government afraid of a massive illegal importation of iPads
p.s im from Israel
04-14-2010, 06:06 PM #13
Hi, I'm a Mac
and Israel I a PC
Hi, I'm a Mac
and Israel is a PC
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04-14-2010, 06:12 PM #14
I have no idea why anybody would visit Israel besides to see loved ones. It's hell to go through their airports and customs, and you get treated like crap.
04-14-2010, 06:13 PM #15
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04-14-2010, 06:16 PM #17
@jadi --> hope you are kidding.
Probably doesnt have anything to do with politics. Going after Apple by banning the usage of a handheld computer in a country the size of Delaware isn't a strong use of force and diplomacy.
More likely is that they are just being careful about the security of their citizens. Homeland security there, by necessity, makes our homeland security look like rental security guards.
PS - [Play Nice]
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04-14-2010, 06:16 PM #18
I don't hate Israel, but their leaders act as if the US needs them more, than Israel needs the US.
04-14-2010, 06:16 PM #19
Let's try NOT to insult Israel, the Israeli government, or Jews in this thread. Do you really want to start a flame war here?
04-14-2010, 06:21 PM #20
Actuall the US does need Israel. AND Israel needs the US... It's a symbiotic relationship. Israel is the only place in the middle east with western thinking.. If the US did not have Israel, they'd have no military home base or a place to land their planes in the middle east. Any change in diplomacy with the arabic countries and the US would have no soil to put their military on.