Italy's Berlusconi says Israelis back nuking ISIS in Iraq/Syria
In typically flamboyant, uncertain, and possibly fake style, Italy's Berlusconi says he has information that most Israelis would use nuclear weapons against ISIS in Iraq/Syria if necessary
At a highly sensitive moment with ISIS hostages in Iraq/Syria under threat of death, former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi has said he has secret information that Israelis would fire nuclear weapons at the Islamist terror group (also known as ISIL and IS) if it became necessary.
“I can’t reveal my sources, but I can tell you with certainty that at the moment the majority of Israeli citizens are thinking it’s correct to defend themselves with the atomic bomb,” Berlusconi was quoted in Corriere della Sera as saying. (Translation courtesy of The Local)
Whether that means Israeli officials have told him that or not was unclear.
Diplomats say that the remarks are likely to infuriate Western leaders engaged in delicate efforts to free hostages, some of whom have been beheaded, with the beheadings having been distributed in gruesome videos on the internet.
One diplomat told The Commentator: "This man is not just a clown, but a dangerous one. Talk like this could cost lives. What is he playing at?"
Berlusconi is yet to expand upon his remarks.
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