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U.S. strongly condemns Israeli ministers’ remarks on encouraging Palestinian emigration from Gaza

U.S. denounces Israeli far-right ministers’ call for Palestinian emigration from Gaza as ‘inflammatory and irresponsible,’ reaffirming opposition to forced displacement.

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The United States has expressed strong condemnation of remarks made by Israeli far-right ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich.

These ministers proposed that Israel should “encourage emigration” from Gaza, where an estimated 2.3 million Palestinians reside. Amidst an ongoing military offensive in Gaza since 7 October, which has led to approximately 1.9 million Palestinians being internally displaced according to the United Nations.

Smotrich, as Minister of Finance, stated, “If there are 100,000 or 200,000 Arabs in Gaza and not two million Arabs, the entire discussion on the day after [the war ends] will be totally different,” advocating for “voluntary migration” of Palestinians.

Similarly, Ben-Gvir, as Minister of National Security, mentioned that the war provides an “opportunity to concentrate on encouraging the migration of the residents of Gaza,” labelling such a policy as “a correct, just, moral and humane solution.”

Human rights and legal experts have warned that forced displacement could constitute a war crime under international law, potentially leading to ethnic cleansing.

In response, senior US officials have emphasized their opposition to any efforts to force Palestinians out of Gaza.

A State Department spokesperson articulated, “The United States remains firmly opposed to any forced or enduring displacement of Palestinians from Gaza,” without directly addressing the Israeli ministers’ recent remarks.

Furthermore, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller stated, “We have been told repeatedly and consistently by the Government of Israel, including by the Prime Minister, that such statements do not reflect the policy of the Israeli government. They should stop immediately,” clearly rejecting Ben-Gvir and Smotrich’s comments.

Reacting to the U.S. criticism, Ben-Gvir retorted, “I really admire the United States of America but with all due respect, we are not another star in the American flag,” emphasizing Israel’s sovereignty and priorities.

The State Department’s criticism was echoed by US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who tweeted, “There should be no mass displacement of Palestinians from Gaza, and we reject the recent inflammatory statements from Israeli Ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir.”

Additionally, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, representing the largest US Jewish denomination, stated on X, “We condemn Israeli Minister Smotrich’s call for ethnic cleansing.”

The ongoing conflict has resulted in significant casualties, with Gaza’s Ministry of Health reporting 22,185 deaths and at least 57,000 injuries — many among women and children — since 7 October.

US President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in November last year that a two-state solution is the “ultimate answer.” However, Israeli officials have continued to express a firm stance against a two-state solution.

Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Tzipi Hotovely, asserted in an interview last December, “Absolutely no,” when asked about Palestinians having their own state.

A day later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also proudly claimed to have prevented the establishment of a Palestinian state and maintained his opposition to the Palestinian Authority taking control of Gaza post-war, stating, “among friends it’s important not to foster illusions.”

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The objectives of the Zionists are now clear for all to see. Destroy the infrastructure of GAZA. Bomb the homes. Kill as many women and children to terrorize them. At their weakest chase them out of their lands and steal their lands. No talk about saving the hostages in the destruction.The Zionists want to keep the Occupied Lands. They do not care that they are committing genocide and theft. Words cannot describe the dehumanization that has consumed the Zionists. Fortunately US Senator Bernie Sanders, a Jew has voted to block the US$104Billion aid to Israel. He has clearly said that… Read more »

why not? many migrated to israel instead of joining hamas and PLO to terrorise both arabs countries and israel!

Yes, let the Israelis keep creating whatever settlements they want by confiscating the homes of Palestinians who’ve lived there for generations, to expand the boundaries of a pure Jewish state for returning Jews (the pure ones only). The homeless Palestinians can then seek refuge in other countries, like Singapore, because they are no longer ‘Holy’ Israel’s problem.

These Palestinians should be thankful for the honour of being chased out since 1948 by “God’s Chosen”. Why are they complaining? Tsk, tsk.

But but but but…the Palestinians never condemn Hamas terrorists !!!!

Palestinians want free food, water, free wifi, medical aid, free hospitals, etc etc ? Who provide?

Strongly condems only ah? No sanctions? How come Putin wasn’t treated the same way?

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