Netanyahu said to tell ministers to weigh every word when talking about war

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly warns ministers to weigh their every word in public remarks about Israel’s war with Hamas.

“Every word has meaning when it comes to diplomacy. If you don’t know — don’t speak,” he says during a cabinet meeting, according to several Hebrew media reports.

“We need to be sensitive,” he adds.

There is no immediate response from the ministers.

The prime minister is presumably referring to statements from Agriculture Minister Avi Dichter and Heritage Minister Amihai Eliyahu in recent weeks on Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Dichter has said the war is causing the “Gaza Nakba,” while Eliyahu has indicated Israel might consider dropping a nuclear bomb on Gaza, later walking it back as a “metaphorical” remark.

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