Jake Tapper reacted to a call by Israel’s finance minister to “erase” the Palestinian town of Huwara in the West Bank after two Israeli brothers were killed in the nearby settlement of Har Bracha on Sunday.
Those murders came days after Israeli forces raided a house in Nablus to apprehend three Palestinian militants, only to end up killing at least four unarmed civilians.
The brothers’ killings prompted outrage among Israeli settlers, who rampaged through Huwara and set fire to Palestinians’ homes.
Tapper addressed tensions between Israel and Palestine, as well as domestic unrest in Israel over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to overhaul and weaken the country’s judiciary.
“Israel’s finance minister – he’s one of the two extremists in the cabinet – his name is Bezalel Smotrich,” Tapper began. “He today said the West Bank Palestinian town where two Israeli brothers were shot and killed on Sunday, where the Israelis rampaged, the settlers rampaged, he said it needs to …