Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Arab Republic of Egypt condemned, on Friday, “in the strongest terms” the statements of the Israeli Finance Minister, Bezalel Smotrich., In which he called for the “erasing” of the Palestinian village of Hawara, describing it as “incitement,” according to what was stated in a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its Facebook page.
And the Egyptian Foreign Ministry considered that the minister’s statements represent “a dangerous and unacceptable incitement to violence,” and considered that this “contradicts all laws, customs and moral values, and lacks the responsibility that any official holding an official position should have,” as she put it.
The statement affirmed “the Egyptian position calling for the need to stop provocative or inciting acts against the Palestinian people, and to put an end to unilateral measures, with the aim of achieving calm between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, and preparing the environment for the resumption of the peace process on the basis of the principle of the two-state solution and the resolutions of international legitimacy.”
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that “this is the only way to achieve a comprehensive and just peace in the region, and to establish an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 19, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” according to the statement.
Smotrich, the leader of the far-right “religious Zionism” party, said on Wednesday that the Palestinian town of Hawara in the occupied West Bank – where two Israeli brothers were shot dead on Sunday – “must be erased.”
“I think the village of Hawara should be wiped out,” he told a reporter at a conference run by the economic newspaper The Marker. “I think the state of Israel should do it, not – God forbid – ordinary citizens.”
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