After the Minister of Finance, Bezalel Smotrich, similar views were expressed by the also far-right Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir
Israel’s Minister of National Security, the far-right Itamar Ben Gvirtoday in turn came out in favor of the return of Jewish settlers to the Gaza Strip and “encouraged” the Palestinian population to emigrate, a day after similar statements were made by the other far-right member of the Netanyahu government, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich.
“Promoting a solution that will encourage the migration of Gazans is necessary. It is a right, fair, moral and humanitarian solution,” said Ben Gvir during a gathering of his party. He posted the statements himself on social media.
“I appeal to the prime minister and the minister of foreign affairs, it is the opportunity to implement a program that will encourage the immigration of its inhabitants Gaza to other countries of the world
He added that the voluntary withdrawal of the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip would pave the way for the return of Jewish settlements to Palestinian territory.
In 2005, Israel evacuated Gaza from Israeli forces and 8,000 Jewish settlers, as part of the implementation of the then prime minister’s plan Ariel Sharon for the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the enclave after 38 years of occupation.
Ben Gvir, leader of the far-right Jewish Power party, has been charged more than 50 times in the past with inciting violence or hate speech. He was convicted in 2007 of supporting a terrorist organization and inciting racist ideas.
An ardent supporter of its settlement West Bankhas repeatedly advocated the annexation of these occupied Palestinian territories.
Yesterday, far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich called on Palestinian residents of Gaza to leave the enclave to make room for Israelis who “can make the desert bloom” confirming concerns about Israel’s intentions to evacuate the Palestinian enclave expelling the Palestinians from their land by repeating the mass expropriations of 1948.
Smotrich, who has been excluded from the Council of War and from the talks on the arrangements regarding the future of the Gaza Strip,
“What needs to be done in the Gaza Strip is to encourage immigration,” far-right minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel’s military radio station. “If there are 100,000 or 200,000 Arabs in Gaza and not 2 million Arabs, the whole conversation for the next day will be completely different.”
If the 2.3 million people are no longer there “growing up with the destruction of the state of Israel,” Gaza will be treated differently than Israelhe said.
“Most of Israeli society will say ‘why not, it’s a nice place, let’s make the desert bloom, it’s not hurting anyone.’
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