The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said today that recent remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet regarding the ongoing Israeli escalation in the West Bank are an okay for the killing of Palestinians, and that the US administration has to take these remarks seriously.
“There are not and will not be limits for this war. We are granting full freedom of action to the army, the Shin Bet [domestic intelligence agency] and all security forces in order to defeat the terror,” said Bennet in a statement on Friday in reference to the Israeli offensive in the north of the West Bank.
The Foreign Ministry said, “Bennett did not stop at launching the military machine of destruction, but rather went on misleading the world public opinion by stating that the occupying state was moving from a state of self-defense to a state of attack, in a blatant disregard of the fact that Israel is already occupying the land of the State of Palestine.”
The ministry held the Israeli government of Naftali Bennett fully and directly responsible for these hateful statements and for their consequences.
It called on the international community, relevant human rights and humanitarian organizations and countries to take Bennett’s remarks seriously, as they “account for an official Israeli permit to practice extrajudicial killings, and are a flagrant violation of the rules of international law, international humanitarian law, the Geneva Conventions and the principles of the Rome Statute founding the International Criminal Court.”
The ministry also called on the US administration to take these inflammatory statements seriously, especially since the United States continues to defend the occupying country and its racist colonial system.