Heritage minister Amichai Eliyahu of the Otzma Yehudit party is quoted by the Times of Israel as saying in an interview that the Palestinian people “can go to Ireland or deserts, the monsters in Gaza should find a solution by themselves”, adding that those who wave a Palestinian or Hamas flag “shouldn’t continue living on the face of the earth”.
It quotes him saying that dropping a nuclear bomb on the Gaza Strip “is one of the possibilities”, and that humanitarian aid to the population should be restricted, saying “we wouldn’t hand the Nazis humanitarian aid. There is no such thing as uninvolved civilians in Gaza.”
Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has sought to distance himself from the minister’s comments.
Women demonstrators calling for as ceasefire in Gaza.
Asked about Mr Eliyahu’s comments, the Israeli embassy in Dublin said: “The minister’s comments do not represent the views of the Israeli government, and he was suspended from government meetings. Israel is currently fighting Hamas in order to bring back the hostages and eliminate the threat from Hamas on our population.”
The country’s defence minister Yoav Gallant also criticised Mr Eliyahu, saying: “It’s a good thing that people like this are not in charge of Israel’s security.”
Despite such appeals, Israel has continued its bombardment across the territory, saying it is targeting Hamas fighters and assets everywhere and accusing Hamas of using civilians as human shields.
Israel claims it has struck “over 2,500 terror targets” in war on Hamas.
The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza has put the death toll from what it says were Israeli airstrikes on the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza at 33 or more, with 42 wounded. – Guardian