Al-Jazeera 'deplores' Israel decision to shut it down

It was unclear when Minister Ayoub Kara's request would take effect

The decision came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Al Jazeera and demanded to black out the network.

However, Israel has been consistently accusing Al Jazeera of featuring biased news stories related to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Netanyahu tweeted his congratulations to Kara "who on my instructions took concrete steps to end Al-Jazeera's incitement" in Israel.

"Lately, nearly all countries in our region determined that Al Jazeera supports terrorism, supports religious radicalization", Mr Kara said.

Al Jazeera reported on its website that it was blocked from attending the news conference where Mr Kara made the announcement.

Kara added that he had asked Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan to use his powers to close the station's offices in Israel, although a spokesman for Erdan said he doubted the minister had the authority to do so.

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The Israel government is planning to take action against Al Jazeera's local offices in Israel and wants to revoke the licenses provided to its journalists.

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera senior political analyst, said the latest move by Israel shows a "synergy" of "dictatorships" in the Arab world and "dictatorship of military occupation in Palestine".

"[We] will follow up the subject through appropriate legal and judicial procedures".

The Israeli move adds further pressure on Qatar, which has been involved in a dispute with four of its Arab neighbours.

Protests erupted at the contentious site after Israel last month installed new security measures including metal detectors, following the shooting dead of the two Israeli policemen by attackers who emerged from the compound.

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'I have appealed to law enforcement agencies several times to close the Al Jazeera office in Jerusalem.

"Al Jazeera stresses that it will closely watch the developments that may result from the Israeli decision, and will take the necessary legal measures towards it. Al Jazeera will continue to cover the events of occupied Palestinian territories professionally and accurately, according to the standers set by worldwide agencies such as the United Kingdom office of Communications".

Palestinians refused to enter the site for almost two weeks over the new security measures imposed after three Israeli Arabs shot dead the policemen nearby.

"Al-Jazeera had a big role conveying the Palestinian narrative with a high professionalism", said Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesman.

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