The deputy speaker of Knesset has urged the Israeli military to “burn” the Gaza Strip and not allow any fuel into the Palestinian enclave unless all hostages held by Hamas are released.
“All of this preoccupation with whether or not there is internet in Gaza shows that we have learned nothing. We are too humane,” Nissim Vaturi, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Friday.
“Burn Gaza now, nothing less! Don’t allow fuel in, don’t allow water in until the hostages are returned!”
Vaturi’s comments are the latest in a string of incendiary statements made by Israeli politicians regarding the ongoing operation in Gaza. Earlier this month, Netanyahu suspended Heritage Minister Amihai Eliyahu from cabinet meetings after he suggested using nuclear weapons against the Palestinian enclave.
Hamas took more than 200 hostages during its October 7 attack on Israel, which killed some 1,200 people, mostly civilians. Israel responded to the incursion by launching a bombing campaign and a ground invasion of Gaza.