IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman pushes again towards American lawmakers’ condemnation of the focusing on of a constructing in Gaza that housed a variety of worldwide media shops, the place the army says Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group additionally maintained services.
One of the primary occupants of the constructing, the Associate Press information company, which has maintained places of work there for some 15 years, has denied information of Hamas’s presence within the constructing and demanded the Israel Defense Forces launch proof of that reality, which Zilberman rejected.
“Yesterday I released a statement with the assets that were in the building. I’ll repeat them: a Hamas research and development unit, Hamas military intelligence and offices of the PIJ. It was very clear what was in there,” he says.
Asked if the strike wasn’t a mistake however given the denunciation by key Israeli allies, together with US President Joe Biden and Democratic US Senator Bob Menendez, who’ve till now overwhelmingly supported Israel’s operation within the Gaza Strip in response to ongoing rocket fireplace from Gaza at cities and cities all through the nation, Zilberman balked.
“We’re in the midst of an operation. They are firing wherever they want, on a civilian population, on cities that have tens and hundreds of thousands of people. Think for a second about all the people you mentioned, imagine what they would say if one rocket — one! — were fired at Washington. I want to know what they would say,” Zilberman says.
“A building that has Hamas and Islamic Jihad assets in it needs to be brought down.”
The spokesperson provides that this operation was meant to deter terror teams from sustaining places of work alongside media shops sooner or later.
“If Hamas and the Islamic Jihad think that the media are their shield, then in the next operation in Gaza, we’ll find that media outlets’ offices are going to be popping up as covers for terrorist assets,” he says.