WeChat is now the most widely used social networking application in Israel, and its growth is helping the country’s economy, according to the countrys statistics office.
Netanyahu and his government, led by finance minister Yair Lapid, have been pushing for the introduction of new social media services in the wake of the 2014 Gaza war, in which Israel killed more than 2,100 Palestinians.
WeChat has long been the platform of choice among Israelis.
The Israeli government, however, is increasingly concerned about the increasing popularity of other social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and has recently introduced legislation to restrict the use of these platforms.
The new laws are meant to protect the interests of the public, and to prevent the development of the illegal social networks.
However, the move has not gone down well with some social media users, who are concerned that the law will hinder the growth of WeChat and other platforms in the country.
“We are a nation of laws.
It is not appropriate for us to impose restrictions on our citizens,” said one WeChat user, who wished to remain anonymous.
Lapid, the finance minister, has repeatedly criticized WeChat, which has a user base of over 100 million, as the platform used by extremists and criminals.
Israel has introduced several laws to restrict social networking in recent years, including a 2011 law which banned the use and possession of the so-called “kill switch” in order to keep a certain number of Weetsiders from using WeChat.
The current laws will not restrict WeChat’s growth, Lapid said on Wednesday.
“We are building a strong platform to attract and support a new generation of users, and we hope this will lead to more people signing up to use the platform,” he said.
Networks like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, which are already in the business of facilitating communication in a social environment, are also pushing for restrictions.
But Lapid and his coalition government have yet to adopt legislation to impose such regulations on WeChat or other social networks, according the official Israeli news agency Ynet.