The Israeli Finance Minister apologies for his recent comments that sparked international outrage
The Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich admitted on Saturday that he had chosen his words in a wrong way when he called for “erasing a Palestinian village” following the killing of two Israelis, which is the statement that sparked an anger around the world, even the US administration announced its boycotting the Israeli Minister during his visit to Washington.
Israeli Channel 12 quoted an unnamed high-ranking Israeli political official as saying that Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich is now considered “persona non grata” in the US administration.
“It’s possible that words I said were chosen in a wrong way,” Smotrich told Channel 12.
Smotrich made this statement on Wednesday, shortly after two young Israeli settlers were shot dead while they were driving their car near the Palestinian village of Hawara in the northern West Bank, and that was followed by an attack by Israeli settlers on the town.
“I think the village of Hawara should be wiped out… I think this is what the State of Israel should do,” Smotrich said that day.
He later backtracked, explaining on Twitter that he doesn’t want to erase the Palestine village, its just only target terrorists”.
In a statement, the French Foreign Ministry condemned the remarks describing them as “unacceptable, irresponsible and unworthy of attention, issued by a member of the Israeli government… These statements only serve to fuel hatred and the current spiral of violence”.
On Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the unacceptable statements of the Israeli minister.
On Saturday, the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom and Spain expressed, in a joint statement, their grave concern about the continuation and intensity of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories.