Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly condemned Heritage Minister, Amichai Eliyahu’s incendiary comments about dropping a nuclear bomb on Gaza.
Eliyahu’s contention that hitting Gaza with nuclear weapons is a “possibility” comes as the conflict with Hamas in Gaza threatens to destabilise the entire region.
The Israeli PM said in response to the far right minister’s remarks: “Amichai Eliyahu’s words are detached from reality.
“Israel and the IDF are acting in accordance with the highest standards of international law in order to prevent harm to uninvolved people, and we will continue to do that all the way to victory.”
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When asked in an interview with Radio Kol Berama whether an atomic weapon could be dropped on Gaza, Eliyahu responded that “this is one of the possibilities”.
He also said he opposes humanitarian aid entering Gaza, saying “we wouldn’t hand the Nazis humanitarian aid”.
The far-right politician added that “there is no such thing as uninvolved civilians in Gaza”.
He backed the idea of Israel taking back full control of the Gaza Strip and building new settlements there.
On the plight of the Palestinians, he said anyone waving a Palestinian or Hamas flag “shouldn’t continue living on the face of the earth”.
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The incendiary remarks come as Israel continues to bombard Gaza. Israel has ramped up its strikes since Hamas killed 1,400 Israeli civilians on October 7.
Over 9,000 Palestinians have been killed since October 7, with over 40 percent of these deaths being children.
This comes as the IDF says 2,500 targets have been hit by land, air, and navy forces since its ground operations in the Gaza Strip started.
The IDF has said that its soldiers fought with Hamas terrorists in northern Gaza.
They claim that ground forces directed airstrikes on Hamas infrastructure, weapons storage sites, observation posts, and command centers.
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