- Israeli minister threatens to nuke Gaza.
- There’s no end in sight to the conflict.
- How far would Israel go?
Israeli forces isolated northern Gaza from the rest of the besieged territory and launched intense bombardments early Monday.
They are preparing for a ground incursion into the city that could lead to an even bloodier phase of the war.
This marks an escalation in the conflict that has led to one of the deadliest wars in the recent history of Israel and Palestine.
Now an Israeli minister has threatened to drop an atomic bomb on Gaza.
The Israel-Hamas war escalates
On Monday, November 6, the Ministry of Health in Gaza, under the control of Hamas, reported that the death toll now exceeds 10,000.
These grim figures mark what is already the deadliest war between Israelis and Palestinians since the creation of the State of Israel 75 years ago.
On the other side, some 1,400 Israelis, mostly civilians, have lost their lives as a result of the attack carried out by Hamas on October 7.
Israel remains firm in its goal of removing Hamas from power and crushing it militarily, The Associated Press noted.
Israel is threatening a ground invasion
The possibility of a ground incursion into Gaza could mark an even bloodier phase in this war that seems to have no end.
Looking ahead, casualties are expected to increase as the war moves into a stage of urban fighting, the AP noted.
In a shocking turn, Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu raised the possibility of dropping an atomic bomb on the Gaza Strip.
Eliyahu — who is a member of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party — stated that using a nuclear weapon was «one of the possibilities» on the table in response to a question from a radio interviewer.
Would Israel drop an atomic bomb on Gaza?
The interviewer said, «Your expectation is that tomorrow morning we’d drop what amounts to some kind a nuclear bomb on all of Gaza, flattening them, eliminating everybody there…,»
«That’s one way. The second way is to work out what’s important to them, what scares them, what deters them… They’re not scared of death,» Eliyahu responded.
However, these radical statements were immediately disavowed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Eliyahu is not part of the emergency cabinet created to make decisions related to military operations in Gaza.
A disturbing and unauthorized suggestion
Prime Minister Netanyahu said the comments were detached from reality.
«Israel and the IDF are acting in accordance with the highest standards of international law,» he said.
Netanyahu noted that their purpose is «to prevent harm to uninvolved people, and we will continue to do that all the way to victory.»
According to the media, Eliyahu’s statements have reopened the debate on whether Israel has covertly developed nuclear weapons.
Does Israel have nuclear weapons?
Israel has maintained an ambiguous stance on the issue of whether it possesses nuclear weapons, according to Proceso.
It is the only country in the world that does not openly acknowledge having them.
The situation in the Middle East remains critical, and the escalation of conflict has had a high human cost.
Meanwhile, the search for diplomatic solutions to end this devastating war continue, according to The Times of Israel.