However, Benjamin Netanyahu suspended the Israeli minister who made the statement and excluded him from government meetings
Her Moscow’s reaction caused by the statement of Israel’s Minister of Heritage that the nuclear strike in the Gaza Strip “it’s a choice”.
This statement raises many questions, including whether Israel has nuclear weapons, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on the Solovyov Live program on Tuesday.
“A huge number of questions are raised. The number one question is, have we heard an official statement that (Israel) has nuclear weapons? Consequently, the next questions that everyone asked were: Where are the international organizations, where is the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)? where are the inspectors?’ asked the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry according to TASS.
Zakharova also said that such statements by Israeli officials “they shed light on the real reasons for which Tel Aviv opposes the creation of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.” According to the diplomat, “the US made every effort to help Israel acquire nuclear weapons, giving it its full support in this matter.”
“If this program exists and did exist, where did the tests take place, in which areas? (…) And isn’t the United States behind all of this?” said the diplomat.
Israel’s Minister of Cultural Heritage Amichai Eliyahu was asked in an interview with religious radio station Kol Berama Radio on November 5 whether Israel should drop a nuclear bomb on Gaza and replied that “it was one of the options”. The official later said that the statement about the nuclear bomb was metaphorical, but he added that “Israel needs certainly a strong and disproportionate response to terrorism”. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made available Eliahu and expelled him from government meetings criticizing his comments about the possibility of using nuclear weapons in Gaza.
The Israeli minister’s statements were condemned by many countries in the Middle East, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
The situation in the Middle East escalated sharply after Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip invaded Israel on October 7, accompanied by killings of residents of Israeli settlements near the border and taking hostages. Israel responded with major military operations in the northern Gaza Strip.
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