During the tour, Musk was shown a baby crib filled with empty bullet shell casings, suggesting that the Palestinian militant group killed babies during the attack. "It was jarring to see the scene of the massacre," said Musk later in an X Spaces conversation with Netanyahu, adding Israel has "no choice" but to eliminate Hamas. He and the Israeli prime minister agreed that Hamas needs to be eradicated.
"You first have to get rid of the poisonous regime as you did in Germany, as you did in Japan. Yeah, in World War II," said Netanyahu. Musk replied, "There’s no choice. There's no choice." Israeli President Isaac Herzog told Musk during a meeting that he had a huge role to play in the global fight against anti-Semitism.
However, Turkey's Center for Countering Disinformation issued a statement the day after the Tesla CEO's visit, saying the bullet casings found in the crib match the 7.62x51 ammunition from the MG3 machine gun, which is used in Israeli Merkava tanks. The statement pointed out that this is clear evidence that ammunition belt parts used for the machine gun are visible in the crib.
"The images published during Tesla, SpaceX and social media platform X's owner Elon Musk's visit to Israel, have brought Israel's propaganda tactics into question once again," it further included. It also noted that the footage filmed of the crib during the visit of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Kfar Azza on November 12 lacks these shell casings.
Analysts conclude that, yes, Hamas did the initial attack on that day in October, but Israel definitely responded with heavy weapons, including tanks, Apache helicopters and armed drones. These armories even killed some of its own soldiers and residents in the kibbutzim as collateral damage, in addition to those killed by Hamas. Critics therefore are still questioning how many of the killed 1,200 Israeli soldiers and civilians were actually killed by Hamas and how many by Israel.
Even Hamas hostages recalled how Israel went all out in its initial counterattack. An Israeli woman, Yasmin Porat, who sought refuge in a house in Be'eri, was held captive by Hamas. According to her, Israeli security forces directly attacked homes with tanks and weapons upon arriving in the area, killing many of the captives and Hamas fighters at the same time. Images provided by Israel showing the extent of destruction in homes indicated that the damage was beyond what could be caused by light weapons and grenades carried by Hamas fighters.
Meanwhile, Musk's visit came following his "You have said the actual truth" comment on an anti-Semitic post on his social media platform X, accusing Jewish people of pushing "dialectical hatred" against white people. Musk's remarks received condemnation in the United States from the White House for being "abhorrent." He has also been accused of allowing advertisements from major corporations appear next to neo-Nazi and white nationalist content. (Related: After losing top advertisers, Elon Musk's X (formerly Twitter) SUES Media Matters.)
Jewish communities have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.
I'm deeply disinterested in giving the tiniest shit now about western Jewish populations coming to the disturbing…
— The Artist Formerly Known as Eric (@breakingbaht) November 15, 2023
Musk insisted that the trip was not a "sorry tour" amid the backlash he received for endorsing an antisemitic social media post, which he said he regretted.
"Well, the trip to Israel is independent of… it wasn’t something like [an] apology tour," Musk told the New York Times' Andrew Sorkin at the "Dealbook Summit." Sorkin asked him on the post that sparked a wave of criticism after he appeared to endorse an antisemitic post earlier this month. Musk said he "has no problem being hated," adding that in retrospect, he would "not have replied to that particular post." "And essentially, I handed a loaded gun to those who hate me, and arguably to those who are antisemitic, and for that, I am quite sorry," he said. "That was not my intention."
During the tour, Netanyahu said that Musk's visit to Israel points to his solidarity with Israel. "The fact that you came here, I think, speaks volumes to your commitment to try to secure a better future," he said. Netanyahu told the tech CEO that "great talents are available" in Israel and pointed to Israeli manufacturing of iPhones and operations of the navigation app, Waze. Netanyahu previously met Musk in California on September 18 where the Israeli prime minister urged him to strike a balance between protecting free expression and fighting hate speech after weeks of controversy over anti-Semitism on X.
Meanwhile, Esther Solomon, editor-in-chief of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, branded the technocrat's trip as a PR visit. She even suggested Musk be made "persona non grata" in Israel.
Blatant antisemite & publisher of antisemitism Elon Musk should be persona non grata in Israel. Instead, Netanyahu - plumbing new depths of amoral sycophancy - gifts him a PR visit to the kibbutzim devastated by Hamas. Profane, venal, bilious, both of them https://t.co/zGc10w8Y9H pic.twitter.com/XMkitJclUt
— Esther Solomon (@EstherSolomon) November 27, 2023
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