UAE jumps on Ben Gvir, Smotrich condemnation train over their calls for displacement of Gazans

Religious Zionism party chairman Bezalel Smotrich (L) and candidate Itamar Ben Gvir celebrate at the party headquarters in Modi'in on election night, March 23, 2021. (Sraya Diamant/Flash90)
Religious Zionism party chairman Bezalel Smotrich (L) and candidate Itamar Ben Gvir celebrate at the party headquarters in Modi'in on election night, March 23, 2021. (Sraya Diamant/Flash90)

The United Arab Emirates joins the list of countries around the world condemning far-right Israeli ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir, who are calling for encouraging Palestinians to emigrate from Gaza.

“The United Arab Emirates condemned in the strongest terms the extremist statements of the Israeli Minister of Finance, Bezalel Smotrich, and the Israeli Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben-Gvir, calling for the displacement of Palestinians, in addition to re-occupying and building settlements in the Gaza Strip,” the UAE foreign ministry says in a statement, expressing its “categorical rejection of such offensive statements and of all practices and procedures carried out in contravention of resolutions on international legitimacy, which threaten further escalation and instability in the region.”

The UAE statement also reiterates a call for a ceasefire in Gaza, for the unhindered delivery of aid to Palestinians and for the advancement of a comprehensive peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

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