Israeli Agriculture Minister Avi Dichter described the displacement of large numbers of Palestinians from the north to the south of the besieged Gaza Strip as the “Gaza Nakba 2023”.
“We are now rolling out the Gaza Nakba.” Dichter, a member of the right-wing Likud Party, told Israeli Channel 12 on Saturday evening.
He added: “From an operational point of view, there is no way to wage a war – as the Israeli army seeks to do in Gaza – with masses between the tanks and the soldiers.”
When asked about comparing the situation in Gaza to the Nakba, Dichter said again: “Gaza Nakba 2023. That’s how it’ll end.”
“I do not know how the war will end. Gaza City occupies a third of the Strip’s area and contains half of the Strip’s population, but this is only a third of the Strip, and there are the other two-thirds of the Gaza Strip and six refugee camps.”
Palestinians use the word “Nakba” in reference to the events of 1948, when armed Zionist militias forced more than 750,000 Palestinians to leave their homes and villages under the pressure of bombing and mass massacres in the historical lands of Palestine, pushing them further into the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and neighbouring countries. This ethnic cleansing paved the way for the creation of the state of Israel.
Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said at a press conference on Saturday evening that tens of thousands of Palestinians have been forcibly displaced in recent days from the north to the south of the Gaza Strip.