Billionaire businessman Elon Musk, who is currently visiting Israel, sat down with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a discussion that was broadcast on X (formerly Twitter).
Musk, who earlier in the day visited Kibbutz Kfar Aza, which was ravaged during the October 7th massacre, and viewed footage of the horrors, spoke about what he saw. "It was jarring to see the scene of the massacre, as well as to see the short film afterward that showed people getting killed. It was especially troubling to see in that movie the joy experienced by the people who were killing innocent civilians, including kids and babies and defenseless people. So it is one thing if civilians die accidentally, but it's another thing to revel in the joy of killing civilians. That's evil."
Netanyahu added: "Hamas is a death cult, and they're glorifying gore."
Musk continued: "The rebuttal is often made that Israel has killed civilians also in Gaza, but there is an important difference here, which is that Israel tries to avoid killing civilians, doing everything it can to avoid killing civilians, and there's no joy expressed in killing civilians."
Netanyahu later compared the fight against Hamas to that against the Nazis, noting the destruction done to Germany during the war and how no one thought to protest it.
"It was troubling to see massive protests in almost every major city in favor of Hamas, or they'll generally characterize it as sort of a 'free Palestine' movement. I think one can generally agree that we have a good future for Palestinians, and the challenge is how to get rid of the ones who are hellbent on murdering Jewish people while minimizing civilian casualties and stopping the propaganda that is convincing people to engage in murder," Musk stated.
The Prime Minister explained that the Palestinians have to undergo a cultural transformation similar to the one the Germans and Japanese underwent following World War Two.
Musk concurred with this, saying: "It is important to take out the terrorists, those who are intent on murder, and at the same time to help those who remain, which is also what happened in Germany and Japan.
It's quite a rare thing, actually. Usually, the victor pillages the loser, and if you look at World War One, the Treaty of Versailles was a big mistake, and it created immense bitterness in Germany and it's part of what led to World War Two. Then, in World War Two, people realized that we actually needed to rebuild the economies instead of punishing them."
Musk concluded: "Those who are intent to murder must be neutralized, the propaganda must stop, that is- training people to be murderers in the future, and then, making Gaza prosperous, and if that happens, I think there will be a good future."