Lapid: Smotrich’s call to ‘wipe out’ Palestinian village is incitement to war crimes

Cars and homes are torched by settlers in the West Bank town of Huwara on February 26, 2023. (Screenshot: Twitter; Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Cars and homes are torched by settlers in the West Bank town of Huwara on February 26, 2023. (Screenshot: Twitter; Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Opposition leader Yair Lapid says Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich’s call to “wipe out” the Palestinian village of Huwara is “incitement to war crimes.”

“Jews don’t carry out pogroms and Jews don’t wipe out villages. The government has gone off the rails,” Lapid says.

At a conference, Smotrich says he supports “wiping out” Huwara, the scene of a violent settler rampage after a terror attack there. But, he specifies, only the government should do it, not private individuals.

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