Netanyahu allies call for Israel to annex Gaza: ‘The Holy Land’

A pair of Israeli government ministers called for Israel‘s annexation of Gaza and the dispersion of Palestinians who live there amid international doubts that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a viable strategy.

“We must return to Gaza now! We are coming home to the Holy Land!” Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir said during an Israeli Independence Day rally. “We must encourage emigration. Encourage the voluntary emigration of the residents of Gaza. It is moral!”

Those policies would run contrary to international law, according to United Nations officials and leading Western powers. Ben Gvir’s airing of those goals has drawn criticism from President Joe Biden’s administration, but some families of Israeli hostages held by Hamas believe that
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