Elon Musk has declined an invitation by Hamas to visit Gaza, days after he visited Israel.
Osama Hamdan, a member of the Hamas politburo had told a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, that Hamas would be happy to show Musk “the extent of the massacres and destruction committed against the people of Gaza, in compliance with the standards of objectivity and credibility.”
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk had in recent days paid a visit to Israel during which he agreed that the country had no other choice but to destroy Hamas.
RT reported that when asked by a user on X (formerly Twitter) to comment on the invitation by Hamas, Musk replied that “[it] seems a bit dangerous there right now.” “But I do believe that a long-term prosperous Gaza is good for all sides,” he added.
Elon Musk had traveled to Israel on Monday, where he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog, and walked through a kibbutz destroyed by Hamas.
He also had a conversation with Netanyahu during which he agreed with the latter’s stance on Hamas, arguing that “those who are intent on murder must be neutralized.”
Musk’s trip to Israel came after the billionaire found himself in hot water over accusations that he harbored “anti-Semitic” sentiments. In particular, he emphatically concurred with one post accusing Jewish people of “pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.”
The current conflict between Israel and Hamas erupted after the Palestinian militant attached Israel on October 7. The conflict has resulted in thousands of casualties on both sides, as well as humanitarian crisis and widespread devastation in Gaza.
Nnamdi Maduakor is a Writer, Investor and Entrepreneur