Hamas invited Elon Musk to Gaza to see the devastation of the Palestinian territory under Israeli attacks after the tech billionaire accompanied Benjamin Netanyahu to inspect a kibbutz targeted by Hamas.
"We invite him to visit Gaza to see the scale of the massacres and destruction committed against the people of Gaza, in accordance with the standards of objectivity and credibility," Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official, told a news conference in Beirut on Tuesday.
Musk's appearance with the Israeli prime minister at Kfar Azza, a kibbutz 2 miles from the Gaza border where more than 50 people were killed by Hamas gunmen, also drew criticism from Israelis.
On November 15, the founder of electric car company Tesla and owner of social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, published and endorsed a post accusing Jews of "hate whites" and the following day endorsed a post , which says "Everyone is allowed to be proud of their race, except white people."
The retweets were not mentioned during Musk's visit to Kfar Azza, and instead the tycoon made remarks in which he agreed with Netanyahu's presentation of the war against Hamas.
"Those who intend to kill must be neutralized," he said. "We have to stop the propaganda that trains people to be killers in the future. And then, make Gaza prosperous. And if that happens, I think there will be a good future."
Musk's visit to Israel came during a pause in Israel's military campaign to allow Hamas to release hostages and Israel to free Palestinian prisoners from its prisons, but Netanyahu vowed that Israel would resume operations as soon as the temporary suspension of the fire is over.
Hamas-led authorities put the death toll among Gazans at more than 14,000.
Joe Biden has largely supported Israel in its military campaign and the US has helped replenish Israel's stockpiles of weapons and ammunition, but his administration has recently expressed concern over the high civilian casualties in Gaza and called on Israel to change its tactics before transferring the war in the southern part of Gaza./BGNES