A major online marketing firm has said it will shut down unless it stops lobbying against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Electronic Media Group (EMG) said it was not able to make a decision on whether to stop advertising or not until it received more information from the government.
It said in a statement it is not aware of any legal basis for the government to block advertising from the firm.
EMG is part of the Israeli advertising company, The New York Times Co., which was launched in 2009 to promote Israel.
EmG has been lobbying against the government for years.
It has lobbied for restrictions on foreign aid and in favor of a boycott of Israeli products.
Israel’s Justice Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier this year, EMG said in an email to The Associated Press that it would be “firmly against” any effort by Netanyahu’s government to blacklist it.
The company said it would work with “an array of stakeholders” in order to “continue to advocate for Israel’s security interests in a global context.”EMG is a subsidiary of The New England Consulting Group, a London-based firm that advises clients on “the impact of Israel’s occupation on the international community and the way in which its policies and actions affect the lives of Palestinians.”
It also lobbies for sanctions on Iran and for boycotts of Israeli goods.
Last month, EMGG said it had reached an agreement with the Palestinian Authority to lobby against Israel.
The company said in its statement that it was now willing to “implement” a “mutual understanding” with the PA.
It is not the first time that EMG has pushed back against Israeli efforts to restrict access to its website.
In 2015, it filed a complaint with the Israeli court against a decision by the Israeli government to close its internet site.