Senior Israeli lawmaker declares “we are too humane,” calls on Israel to “burn Gaza now”
12/01/2023 // Ethan Huff // Views

Far-right Deputy Knesset Speaker Nissim Vaturi of Israel is raising eyebrows for comments he recently made about how Israel's invasion of Gaza is "too humane."

Vaturi, whose party wants to ban the preaching of Jesus Christ in Israel, thinks Israel is actually being too kind to the Palestinians.

"All of this preoccupation with whether or not there is internet in Gaza shows that we have learned nothing," Vaturi, who is also a member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, scoffed in a letter about Israel's controversial decision to cut off all resources to Gaza.

"We are too humane. Burn Gaza now, no less! Don't allow fuel in, don't allow water in until the hostages are returned back!" Vaturi added, referring to the approximately 240 Israelis and others who were kidnapped during the October 7 Hamas incident.

(Related: A former career diplomat who lives in New York City is cheering on the destruction of Gaza, says more children need to die.)

Vaturi tells Israeli journalist to "stop being humane" with regard to Gaza

Vaturi's commentary ruffled a few feathers, including those of Israeli journalist Ben Caspit who responded to Vaturi's X (formerly Twitter) post about the matter with a warning that it might fuel "anti-Israel propaganda."

"Your fear will kill us," Vaturi shot back to Caspit. "Stop being humane."

Elon Musk, X's new owner, ended up deleting Vaturi's tweet, along with others including one in which Vaturi wrote that Israel should leave just "one old man" alive in Gaza simply so he could "tell everyone" what Israel did to the Palestinian enclave.

When colleague Aida Touma-Suleiman, a member of Israel's leftist Hadash party, expressed criticism recently of the Israeli military's ruthless conduct in Gaza, Vaturi tried to get her suspended. Vaturi was also upset that Touma-Suleiman dared to state that "a child is a child," meaning an Israeli child's life is not worth more than a Palestinian child's life.

Vaturi's position aligns with that of Israeli President Isaac Herzog who earlier this month declared that there are no innocent civilians living in Gaza, and that Israel needs to "eliminate everything" there.

"Gaza should be wiped off the map," added Galit Distel Atbaryan, a Knesset member who also belongs to Netanyahu's Likud Party.

"Nakba that will overshadow the Nakba of '48," added Ariel Kallner, another Likud parliamentarian, referencing the forced expulsion and ethnic cleansing of more than 750,000 Arabs from Palestine back when Israel was first re-established between 1947-1949.

As for the potential use of nuclear weapons in Gaza, Likud lawmaker Tally Gotliv called for nothing less than a "doomsday kiss" to be given to Gaza, adding that Israel should not just be "flattening a neighborhood," but rather "crushing and flattening Gaza without mercy."

"We are now rolling out the Great Nakba," added Israeli Agriculture Minister Avi Dichter, who was admonished by Netanyahu himself for "saying the quiet part out loud," to quote one media source.

Netanyahu recently appeared in a televised address in which he discussed Israel's "holy mission" in Gaza, citing Old Testament scripture about Amalek and God's call for his "chosen people" to exterminate it. This, many say, was Netanyahu's "explicit call to genocide."

"We're seeing the combination of genocidal acts with special intent," said Israeli Holocaust scholar Raz Segal in a recent interview about all this. "If this is not special intent to commit genocide, I really don't know what is. This is indeed a textbook case of genocide."

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