Israeli official’s remark on Gaza nuclear strike option raises issues — Russian diplomat

Israeli official’s remark on Gaza nuclear strike option raises issues — Russian diplomat
# 07 November 2023 12:44 (UTC +04:00)

Israeli Minister of Heritage Amihai Eliyahu’s remark about the possibility of a nuclear strike on the Gaza Strip raises a multitude of questions, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the Soloviev Live TV channel, APA reports citing TASS.

The diplomat pointed out that the remark had caused a strong reaction across the world. "It raised a great number of questions. Question number one: Does this mean we are hearing an official statement acknowledging [Israel’s] possession of nuclear weapons? Accordingly, the next set of questions that everyone has is: Where are the international organizations, including the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]; where are the inspectors?" the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman stated.

On November 5, a Kol Barama radio station host interviewing Eliyahu asked the official on air whether a nuclear bomb should be dropped on Gaza. In response, the Israeli minister said that: "It is one of the possibilities." The official noted later that, "it’s clear to any sane person that the nuclear bomb remark was a metaphor," but Israel "definitely needs to give a strong and disproportionate response to terrorism." In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended Eliyahu from participating in Cabinet meetings and dismissed his statement about the option of using nuclear weapons in Gaza as "not based in reality."

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