Israel accused of using media to deceive Hamas – The Israeli military has been accused of deliberately disseminating false information about the ground invasion in order to allow Hamas to advance into underground tunnels.
Israel accused of using media to deceive Hamas
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The Israeli army has been accused of using the media to deceive Hamas. The accusation comes in the wake of the confusion that arose following reports that Israel had invaded Gaza with ground troops on Friday, May 14.
Scenes of intimidation against Hamas
The confusion began when the Israeli military issued a statement saying, “Yesterday morning, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) air and ground forces attacked the Gaza Strip.
Hamas feared that this would lead to an increase in attacks between Israelis and Palestinians, which had been mostly by air.
However, a few hours later, the Israeli military made it “clear” that there were no troops in the Gaza Strip. It attributed this confusion to “internal communication” problems.
A cry of deception
The Associated Press quoted veteran military commentator Orr Heller as saying, “The media was used as part of a ploy to lure Hamas into a death trap in which many people could die.
“They are not lying. It’s manipulation, it’s clever and it’s effective,” said Or Heller on Israel’s Channel 13 television program.
Or Heller said that Israel used the news of the invasion to lure Hamas into the tunnels.
The Israeli plan reportedly began on Thursday morning with the deployment of additional troops and tanks on the border. Meanwhile, the Palestinians fired rockets one after another. The death toll on the fourth day of the clashes also exceeded 100.
At the time, a military spokesman said that they would continue to prepare for another scenario. The “scenario” for an attack includes a ground invasion.
Israel announced Thursday night that it would recruit and assemble troops along the border. In addition, Israeli tanks positioned along the border opened fire on Gaza.
Mr. Heller pointed out that Israel has begun to deploy troops along the border and is preparing for a final invasion. It was then picked up by the media and posted on Twitter in Arabic and Hebrew.
Upon receiving the news of this invasion, Hamas immediately took refuge underground, i.e. in the subway.
Israel then sent 160 fighter jets, which spent 40 minutes bombing tunnels and weapons depots, including the launch site, to stop the rocket attack.
Heller said that, adding that it was impossible for Israel to send troops beyond the enemy’s front lines at the moment. As a result, he and several other war correspondents were adamant that there would be no ground war in the Gaza Strip.
“What we’re seeing is a very complex operation, with a media aspect,” Or Heller said.