The State Department on Wednesday publicly reprimanded a top Israeli minister who said a Palestinian village in the West Bank should be “wiped out,” and warned that both sides need to allow tensions to ease after several days of violence.
Earlier Wednesday, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich singled out the town of Huwara after a Palestinian from that village shot and killed two Israelis in the West Bank on Sunday.
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“The village of Huwara needs to be wiped out. I think that the State of Israel needs to do that – not, God forbid, private individuals,” Smotrich said.
“These comments were irresponsible, they were repugnant, they were disgusting, and just as we condemn Palestinian incitement to violence, we condemn these …