Israeli official Amichai Eliyahu said that droping an atomic weapon on Gaza is “one of the possibilities.” This remark earned him a suspension by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
So is this a rogue person or is it true that this has been considered by the Israeli government? Let’s all hope its the former! As we reported last week, the world has known since at least the late 1980s that Israel has nuclear weapons. They imprisoned whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu for 18 years for saying so.
An atomic weapon would not only be a war crime but it would also have harrowing fallout consequences for everyone, Israelis included!
Eliyahu later said that “nuking Gaza” was a metaphor. That’s not very comforting, is it? He also said that “there is no such thing as uninvolved civilians in Gaza” and that Palestinians “can go to Ireland or deserts.”
Journalist Seymour Hersh reports that there is a secret exchange between Hamas and the Israeli government to release the nearly 250 hostages. He says that “The Hamas leader and his colleagues have been told that survival is possible if they release the Israeli hostages and agree to begin holding immediate war-crime tribunals. The Israelis want the death penalty for those Hamas combat leaders who encouraged and then did nothing to stop the war crimes of their fighters.”
Will anything come from this before Hamas is buried alive in their tunnels and will the hostages suffer that fate too? Negotiators are reportedly trying to arrange their safe transfer to the basement of a hospital.
The fall-out of this war has reached far and wide. In Washington, D.C., between 100,000 and 300,000 people marched in support of the Palestinians. D.C. police have not been able to confirm this number. Some chanted to demand a ceasefire and some yelled more aggressive things such as “F Joe Biden” and vandalized monuments with Palestinian flags and graffiti.
Similar marches happened in Paris, Milan, Brazil and all around the world.