An uproar erupted after a far-right Israeli minister said the army “has the option of dropping an atomic bomb on the Gaza Strip.” In addition, he declared himself opposed to the provision of humanitarian aid in the Strip.
Specifically, according to the Times of Israel, a minister of the extremist party Otzma Yehudit says that one of Israel’s options in the war in Gaza is to drop a nuclear bomb on the Strip.
What he mentioned in his interview
Asked in an interview with Radio Kol Berama whether an atomic bomb should be dropped on the enclave, Cultural Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu says “that is one of the possibilities.”
It supports the reoccupation of the territory of the Strip and the restoration of the settlements there. Asked about the fate of the Palestinian population, he says: “They can go to Ireland or the deserts, the monsters in Gaza have to find a solution for themselves.”
The Israeli minister is against humanitarian aid in Gaza
Amihai Eliyahu is Israel’s far-right Minister of Heritage
Eliyahu against humanitarian aid
He says the northern Strip has no right to exist, adding that anyone flying a Palestinian or Hamas flag “should not continue to live on the face of the earth.”
Eliyahu also expresses his opposition during the interview to allowing any humanitarian aid into Gaza, saying “we would not give humanitarian aid to the Nazis” and charging that “there is no such thing as civilians not involved in Gaza.”
It is noted that Eliyahu, a member of Itamar Ben Gvir’s far-right party, is not a member of the war cabinet that participates in wartime decision-making, nor does he exert influence on the war cabinet that directs the war against the terrorist organization Hamas.
How did Benjamin Netanyahu react?
The reaction of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was immediate, saying that the minister’s comments were “out of touch with reality” and that Israel and the Israeli army were “acting in accordance with international law in order to prevent harm to civilians.”
In fact, shortly afterwards, Netanyahu suspended the Minister of Cultural Heritage from government meetings indefinitely, as announced by his office.
Opposition angered – Demanded his dismissal
At the same time, the statement of the far-right minister provoked the immediate reaction of the opposition and its leader Yair Lapid, who disapproved of Eliyahu’s statement, calling it “horrific and crazy” from an “irresponsible minister”.
In fact, the opposition leader said that “He insulted the families of the prisoners, insulted Israeli society and damaged our international standing,” calling on the Israeli prime minister “to fire him this morning.”