Elias Bejjani/There is no difference between who calls for throwing Israel into the sea and chants death to Israel and America, and who advocates for dropping a nuclear bomb on Gaza


There is no difference between who calls for throwing Israel into the sea and chants death to Israel and America, and who advocates for dropping a nuclear bomb on Gaza.
Elias Bejjani/November 05/2023

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It is essential and a moral duty to condemn the bizarre statement of the Israeli Minister of Heritage, Amihai Eliyahu, in which he called for dropping a nuclear bomb on Gaza. This unethical and criminal statement raises significant and serious concerns due to the dangerous ideas and kind of hostile culture it represents and advocates for, as well as its negative impact on peace, stability, and the acceptance of the different other in the Middle East region.

Meanwhile, we must focus on this provocative and blind hostile rhetoric from its cultural and ethical aspects, and everything related to human dignity and the right to a free and dignified life for each and every person all over the world.

First, it must be pointed out that the use of nuclear weapons is an inhumane and criminal option and is irresponsible, with potentially dire consequences for civilians and the environment, and because it direly violates human values and principles. This makes it imperative that security and defense strategies in all countries of the world be cautious, moderate, and far from such an option, which necessitates a continuous search for diplomatic and peaceful solutions in a bid to resolve conflicts, especially the complex Arab-Israeli conflict.

Second, the elements of fanaticism, recklessness, hatred, and the desire to kill the different other are qualities that do not foster the necessary constructive components of dialogue and understanding required to resolve conflicts in the Middle East countries. Therefore, it is necessary for leaders and officials in Arab countries, Israel, and the rest of the free world to work on achieving communication and opening channels of dialogue with all relevant parties to avoid wars, violence, and to promote peace and stability.

Third, it is vital not to view any such atrocity with one eye, and focus solely on criticizing the inhumane statement of the Israeli minister, which, in practice and reality, is not significantly different from the barbarism, hostility, and fundamentalism of those who adopt and promote slogans calling for “death to America and Israel”, and openly call for the annihilating of Israel and throwing it into the sea, as is evident in the discourse and culture of the Iranian regime and its proxy armed-terrorist militias in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Gaza, Iraq, and many other third-world countries. As well as the fundamentalist, Jihadist, and political Islamic groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Boko Haram, and dozens of alike terrorist organizations that share the same Jihadist Iranian-Mullahs’ culture and agenda.

In conclusion, there is no credibility in any criticism of the extremist and fundamentalist statement of the Israeli minister, while ignoring the culture and depravity of those who call for throwing Israel into the sea, view America and Israel as demons, and openly expressing their hatred and hostility towards them.

It is worth mentioning, that the language of violence and killing the different other does not serve the interests of any party, and does not help in resolving conflicts, in a civilized, peaceful, and constructive manner, whether large or small.

*Elias Bejjani
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Netanyahu suspends Israeli minister for saying dropping nuclear bomb on Gaza ‘one of the possibilities’
Sky News/Sunday 05 November 2023
Benjamin Netanyahu said the statement by junior minister Amihai Eliyahu was “not based in reality”, while other politicians denounced him as “irresponsible”.
Benjamin Netanyahu suspended the junior minister over his comments. Pic: AP
Why you can trust Sky News. An Israeli junior minister who said dropping a nuclear bomb on Gaza was “one of the possibilities” in the Hamas war has been suspended, with Benjamin Netanyahu saying the statement was “not based in reality”.
Junior minister Amihai Eliyahu, of the right-wing Otzma Yehudit party, made the claim in an interview with Kol Beramah radio. A minister for Jewish heritage, he is not part of the country’s war cabinet, created in the aftermath of the Hamas attacks on 7 October. He holds no sway over government decision-making in the war, The Times of Israel pointed out. Still, the inflammatory statement was immediately denounced by other cabinet members – and Mr Eliyahu backtracked later by saying that “anyone reasonable would understand that the comment was metaphorical”. “But we definitely need to respond powerfully and disproportionately to terrorism,” he added. Follow Israel-Hamas latest: Blinken in West Bank for first time since war. Yoav Gallant, the defence minister, said: “It’s a good thing that people like this are not in charge of Israel’s security.”Israel’s opposition leader immediately called for Mr Eliyahu’s sacking. Yair Lapid said the comment was a “shocking and crazy statement by an irresponsible minister”.”Netanyahu must fire him this morning,” he said in a statement posted to X. Mr Netanyahu suspended Mr Eliyahu from cabinet meetings until further notice, Army Radio said. On X, Mr Netanyahu said: “Minister Amihai Eliyahu’s statements are not based in reality. “Israel and the IDF are operating in accordance with the highest standards of international law to avoid harming innocents.
“We will continue to do so until our victory.”