Israel's iPad Problem

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Israel doesn't like the iPad, according to the Atlantic Wire's Max Fisher:

The iPad, Apple's hot new tablet computer, has got everyone from tech bloggers to Amazon to marketing experts all riled up. But you know who isn't excited about the iPad? Israel. Despite skyrocketing international demand, Israel has banned all iPad imports, even telling customs workers to confiscate the device if found on Israel-bound travelers. Haaretz's Bar Ben Ari and Zohar Blumenkrantz write:
The decision follows the refusal of the ministry's engineering staff to compromise on testing the device's suitability and compliance with Israeli wireless networks. ...

For now, the ministry has not given the device categorical approval required for wireless devices; and ministry officials say its wireless technology is not compatible with Israeli standards. ...

There's got to be more to this than that. Though what it is I don't know. I know that Max Fisher is wrong about one thing, though. He writes, "Israel has raised eyebrows by picking a fight with Apple, one of the most influential and admired U.S. companies. But with Israel staring down the threat of war from Scud-armed Hezbollah, Steve Jobs is probably not the largest concern this week."

But I've always been under the impression that Steve Jobs is more dangerous than Hezbollah.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/04/israels-ipad-problem/39000/