Some 9,500 Palestinians have been killed within the battle, stirring widening worldwide concern at Israel’s techniques.
In a social media submit, Eliyahu stated: “It’s clear to anybody who is smart that the nuclear comment was metaphorical.”
However he added: “A robust and disproportionate response to terrorism is unquestionably required, which can make clear to the Nazis and their supporters that terrorism just isn’t worthwhile.”
A spokesperson for Hamas, an Islamist group that advocates Israel’s destruction, stated Eliyahu represented the “unprecedented prison Israeli terrorism (that) constitutes a hazard to the whole area and the world”.
In Eliyahu’s Kol Barama radio interview, it was famous that ravaging Gaza would endanger some 240 hostages – amongst them foreigners in addition to Israelis – held since Hamas sparked the battle with an Oct 7 cross-border assault that killed 1,400 individuals.
“In battle, you pay a worth,” the minister responded, whereas including that he was praying for the hostages’ return.
Benny Gantz, a centrist ex-general who joined the conservative Netanyahu from the opposition within the streamlined battle cupboard, stated Eliyahu’s remarks had been damaging “and, even worse, added to the ache of the hostages’ households at dwelling”.