Russia Says Israel’s Remarks on Nuclear Option Raise ‘Huge Number of Questions’

Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman. (Photo: Russian FM, via Sputnik)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

“It turns out that we are hearing official statements about the presence of nuclear weapons?” – Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman. 

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that comments made by a far-right Israeli minister on Sunday expressing openness to the possibility for Israel to carry out a nuclear strike on Gaza raise a “huge number of questions”. 

On Sunday, Israeli Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu said during a radio interview that dropping a nuclear bomb on the besieged Gaza Strip is “an option”.

Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova expressed her concerns on Tuesday, saying that the main issue was that Israel seems to have admitted that it has nuclear weapons. 

“Question number one – it turns out that we are hearing official statements about the presence of nuclear weapons?” Zakharova was quoted as saying by state RIA news agency.

If so, she was cited by RIA as saying, “Then where are the International Atomic Energy Agency and international nuclear inspectors?”

Tel Aviv has never publicly acknowledged it has nuclear weapons though the Federation of American Scientists estimates Israel has about 90 nuclear warheads.

In an article published on October 30, The New York Times wrote that “it became evident to US officials that Israeli leaders believed mass civilian casualties were an acceptable price in the military campaign.”

“In private conversations with American counterparts, Israeli officials referred to how the United States and other allied powers resorted to devastating bombings in Germany and Japan during World War II — including the dropping of the two atomic warheads in Hiroshima and Nagasaki — to try to defeat those countries.”

Humanitarian Catastrophe

Israel has, thus far, killed over 10,022 Palestinians in Gaza, including 4,800 children and 2,550 women, and wounded more than 25,000. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Despite a massive Israeli military buildup around the Gaza borders and sporadic infiltrations on the outskirts of the besieged Strip, Palestinian Resistance continues to repel Israeli attacks.

To justify its military failure, the Israeli army continues to pound civilian homes throughout the Gaza Strip with new massacres reported everywhere in the besieged enclave.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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