Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to suspend extremist minister Amichai Eliyahu from government meetings until further notice. This move comes in response to Eliyahu’s controversial comments about the possibility of using a nuclear bomb in Gaza.
Eliyahu, a member of the far-right Jewish Home party, ignited a storm of outrage after her remarks began circulating on social media. In an interview with Radio Kol Berama, she stated that using a nuclear bomb in Gaza is one of the available options.
He further argued that there are no civilians in Gaza and that there is no distinction between them and Hamas. Eliyahu even controversially asserted that the lives of Israeli soldiers are no more valuable than those of the Palestinian prisoners, suggesting that war necessarily involves human casualties.
Eliyahu’s comments were widely condemned, both domestically and internationally. In response to the backlash, Prime Minister Netanyahu took the rare step of suspending him from government meetings. The suspension is expected to last until further notice.
The use of such strong language, especially regarding the potential use of nuclear weapons, has raised significant concerns, as it goes against established international norms and human rights principles. Shaked’s comments have ignited a broader debate about the use of force in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the need for diplomatic solutions.
It remains to be seen how this situation will develop and whether Shaked’s suspension will have any long-term political implications in Israel. The controversy surrounding her remarks underscores the ongoing challenges in achieving a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the region.