Transportation Ministry crackdowns have reduced pirate radio stations in Israel

However, increase noticed in Palestinian Authority areas.

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The Transportation Ministry has reported a significant decrease in the number of pirate radio stations inside Israel disrupting aerial radio frequencies at Ben-Gurion Airport. However, there has also been an increase in pirate radio stations operating from the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories, it said. Only two complaints were filed against pirate radio stations in the country during the first half of 2008, down from 50 complaints during the same period in 2007. "We will not rest on our laurels, and we will not loosen our grip in the struggle against the lawbreakers," Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said. "Pirate radio is aerial terrorism, and this is how it should be treated." The report was presented to the Civil Aviation Forum earlier this week by the interministerial team Mofaz appointed in July 2007 to detect pirate radio stations and take legal action against their operators. According to the report, during the first six months of the year, 29 pirate radio stations were found disrupting Ben-Gurion Airport's aerial radio frequency; once discovered, they were shut down. By comparison, 103 such radio stations were closed down in 2007. Regarding the increase in pirate radio stations in Palestinian Authority-controlled territories, the ministry said a professional team would soon look into ways to handle this phenomenon. "It is inconceivable that the lives of hundreds of passengers should be at risk due to the illegal radio transmissions that interrupt the control tower's radio transmissions at Ben-Gurion Airport," Mofaz said. Mofaz will present the government with his interministerial team's research, along with his plans to fight against pirate radio stations.