Israel has taken heavy flak from other countries over the intensity of its bombardment of Gaza, with even the United States asking Tel Aviv to use “smaller bombs” to reduce civilian deaths. Israeli Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu has been forced to backtrack on comments that he wouldn’t rule out a nuclear attack on Gaza. Speaking to Radio Kol Berama and asked whether Israel might consider nuking the besieged Hamas-governed territory, the Jewish National Front politician said “that’s one way…that’s an option.” He went on to compare the Strip’s residents to “Nazis,” assuring that “there are no non-combatants in Gaza” and that the territory does not deserve humanitarian aid. “There is no such thing as uninvolved people in Gaza,” he said. Gaza’s residents “can go to Ireland or deserts, the monsters in Gaza should find a solution by themselves,” Eliyahu added.
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