Benjamin Netanyahu stated that “Minister Amichai Eliyahu’s comments are disconnected from reality” and suspended him from government meetings
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247 – Israel’s Minister of Heritage, Amihai Eliyahu, stated this Sunday (5) during an interview that dropping an atomic bomb on Gaza is ‘one of the possible options’. The statement was made in the wake of the discussion about sending humanitarian aid to the Palestinians: “we would not have given humanitarian aid to the Nazis. There are no innocents in Gaza.”
Asked about the use of an atomic bomb, the minister said it was an option and, remembering the 240 hostages held by the Hamas group in Gaza, he said he prayed for a positive outcome, but stressed: “there is also a price for war”.
According to The Jerusalem Post, Eliyahu’s comment was “strongly criticized by the entire government.” Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, one of those largely responsible for the genocide that the country has been promoting against the Palestinians, stated that “Minister Amichai Eliyahu’s comments are disconnected from reality.” “Israel and the IDF operate in accordance with the highest standards of international law in order to prevent harm to innocents, and we will continue to do so until victory,” he claimed. Later, Netanyahu announced that Eliyahu would be suspended from all government meetings until further notice, but did not respond about a possible dismissal of the minister.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant condemned Eliyahu’s “baseless comments”: “it is good that he is not the person responsible for Israel’s security.” Leader of National Unity, Benny Gantz also spoke out: “Minister Eliyahu’s thoughtless, unnecessary and irresponsible comment harms Israel’s values, causes serious damage to diplomacy and, worst of all, increases the pain of the hostages’ families.”
Opposition leader Yair Lapid classified the speech as “irresponsible”. “He has caused harm to the families of the hostages, to Israeli society and to our international standing. The presence of extremists in the government endangers us and our success in the objectives of the war – victory over Hamas and the return of the hostages.”
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