Monday, December 25, 2023

  • Monday, December 25, 2023
  • Elder of Ziyon
Times of Israel reports:
In his first public message since the massacres of October 7, Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar on Monday remained defiant, while grossly inflating the terror group’s achievements in the war.

Sinwar falsely claimed that the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, had “targeted” over 5,000 Israeli soldiers and officers, and killed about third of them — that is, over 1,500.

The actual figure of IDF deaths is one-tenth of what the terror leader alleged. According to the IDF, 156 soldiers have so far been killed in the ground operation in Gaza. Over 300 members of the security forces were killed in Hamas’s initial October 7 onslaught.

The terror leader also gave inflated claims of the number of Israeli soldiers injured in the war, and the amount of Israeli military equipment that has been destroyed. He claimed that around 3,500 troops were seriously wounded or disabled, whereas that figure according to the IDF stands at less than 200.

He further said that Hamas had completely or partially destroyed 750 Israeli military vehicles. While the IDF has not provided official figures, the commander of the IDF Technology and Maintenance Corps, Brig. Gen. Ariel Shima, said in early November that very few IDF vehicles had been severely damaged beyond repair, and that most vehicles that are hit return to fighting.
Al Jazeera published Sinwar's message, and then deleted it. It may be because it was not meant for the public but only as a message to Hamas' political bureau, and Al Jazeera follows Hamas' instructions to the letter.

Certainly no one is reporting that the statement was a hoax.

While the statement has been widely covered in Israeli media as well as Arab media, the liveblogs of mainstream media have not mentioned it as of this writing. Nothing in the New York Times or CNN's liveblogs of the war. Also nothing at NBC or AP, all of which are updated several times a day.

Isn't it newsworthy that the leader of Hamas is Gaza not only breaks his silence, but his message is filled with obvious falsehoods?

If you cannot trust what he says - even when he is reporting to his own superiors abroad - how can anyone trust a word that is ever released by Hamas to the media or the public, ever?

Could it be that the media is reluctant to share this message because it shows that its "he said, she said" reporting where Israeli statements are treated with skepticism while Hamas' statements are given respect hs utterly misled their audiences?

Maybe they will cover the statements, but it will sure be interesting if they mention that Sinwar is obviously lying. 

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