Capture of Jerusalem- Israeli leaders of the government coalition and opposition refrained from publicly and directly criticizing the Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, and his statements, in which he once again called for encouraging “voluntary immigration” of Palestinians to the Gaza Strip Was. But he criticized him and his statements with a view to harming relations with the United States.
Israeli leaders unanimously agreed that his statements harm relations with the US administration, and also harm Israel's strategies and national security, targeting its international standing and undermining its future war efforts. Are.
In contrast to the double standards of Israeli politicians in dealing with Ben Gvir's statements, Israeli analysts agreed that the idea of ”voluntary immigration” is unrealistic and harms Israel, exposing it to accountability from international human rights institutions and Israel. Establishes judicial procedures against. , with everything to do with suspicions of genocide and cleansing. Ethnic.
Ben Gvir's statement to the Wall Street Journal comes as Israel prepares to submit its first report to the International Supreme Court in The Hague, setting out procedures to stop those suspected of genocide from committing genocide as well as the treatment of Palestinian civilians. It has been said to avoid targeting. into the Gaza Strip, and to ensure the entry of humanitarian aid into the Strip.
Opposition leader Yair Lapid criticized Ben Gvir's statements, writing in a comment on his account on the “X” platform that, “The interview Ben Gvir gave to the Wall Street Journal was a direct reflection on Israel's international position. attack, and it also harms Israel's war efforts.''It also harms Israel's security.''
The same position was expressed by the head of the “national camp”, Minister in the War Council, Benny Gantz, who condemned Ben Gvir's statements, saying that “there can be disagreements, even among our greatest and most important Even with allies, but they must be resolved through the relevant institutions, and not through irresponsible statements in the media, which would harm Israel's strategic relations, state security and war efforts at this time. Are.''
Contrary to what was usual, Aryeh Deri, head of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party and a member of the war council, broke his silence and indirectly criticized Ben Gvir, and decided to thank the US administration for its support and its support. Israel's position in the war on Gaza, said, “There are differences of opinion and viewpoint even among friends and acquaintances.”
In relation to these criticisms from the opposition and the Coalition on Ben Gvir, the Prime Minister was forced to make comments during the weekly government session, where he addressed Ben Gvir, saying, “I don't need help knowing that. How to Manage Our Relations The United States and the international community stand firmly on our national interests.
In contrast to the position of Israeli politicians, who deliberately did not directly criticize Ben Gvir's statements regarding “voluntary immigration”, Bernit Gorn, editor of the Zaman Yisrael website, criticized Ben Gvir, calling him a “minister of international harm”. . ,
Gorn pointed out that Ben Gvir's statements regarding “voluntary immigration” come at a time when international forums and the Hague Court continue to express skepticism that Israel is committing violations that suggest genocide, saying that “These statements and the silence about them further implicate Israel.”
He pointed out that since October 7, Israel is dealing with real threats on multiple fronts in addition to the military, including growing hostility in the diplomatic arena and in the field of international law.
Despite this, Horon says, “Ben Gvir, and apparently not alone, insists on a plan that aims to encourage Gazans to voluntarily migrate to other parts of the world in exchange for a fee”, and it Explains “True Humane Solutions”.
The same editor believes that at the next session of the International Supreme Court in The Hague, the interview with Ben Gvir and his statements about “voluntary emigration” of the petitioners against Israel as further evidence of suspicion of genocide will be presented. , and that Israel did not implement measures to avoid harming civilians in the Gaza Strip.
Dr. Ya Lavi, professor of political science and international relations, evaluated a position posted on his Facebook account on Israeli calls to encourage Palestinians to “voluntarily immigrate” to the Gaza Strip, commenting that “These The calls harm Israel” and hold it to account in international forums by all means. “Relating to suspicions of genocide and ethnic cleansing.”
It is believed that the problem with this idea, which looks very attractive on paper, is that it has zero or even less chances of coming to fruition, and because it is a populist and attractive idea, it occupies a leading position in Israeli discourse. , and perhaps consensus among politicians.
Currently two million and 200 thousand Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip. “The head of the Religious Zionism coalition, Bezalel Smotrich, promised that Israel would achieve a situation where only 100-150 thousand Palestinians would remain in the Gaza Strip, which is the number Israel can live with and co-exist,” Lavi said. Can exist.”
Mass deportation of the population against their will, says Israeli lecturer, “is a measure that would draw a harsh international response including economic sanctions and loss of US support. This also applies to Ben Gvir, Smotrich and others. Obviously like them, and that's why none of them talk about deportation as such, but about “immigration”. Voluntary.
Lafi recalls the “voluntary migration” project following the Six-Day War in June 1967, which ended in failure and effectively left Israel, against its will, in full control of Gaza's population, at the time 450,000. Palestinians were living. the strip.
Lavi explained that the main idea at the time was to “encourage emigration” of the Gaza Strip's population to other countries, and then to annex the Strip to Israel, as Prime Minister Levi Eshkol had proposed, until the Strip dried up. The humanitarian crisis and the collapse of what remains of agriculture, he believed, would lead to a move that would force some residents to relocate to other countries.