Hamas denounced an Israeli ceasefire as “propoganda,” accusing the “Jewish state” of violating its own truce with an attack on a refugee camp in Gaza city. Deborah Gembara reports. reuters.com
Hamas and MK Ahmed Tibi accused Israel of misleading world leaders about the presumed capture of Lt. Hadar Goldin, whom the IDF declared killed in action on Saturday night.
Senior Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri wrote on his Facebook wall Sunday afternoon: “Hamas accuses the occupation of deceiving the world when it claimed the kidnapping of a soldier and then later admitted that he was killed in a clash, taking advantage of the breach of the [cease-fire] to massacre Rafah.”
On Friday, the IDF said Goldin had been abducted. Hamas later claimed they did so before a ceasefire came into effect at 8 a.m., and then denied it had captured a soldier at all. On Saturday night, after examining DNA evidence and reviewing halachic considerations, Chief Rabbi of the IDF Brig.-Gen. Rafi Peretz, declared Goldin dead.
Abu Zuhri called on UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-Moon and the international community “to correct their positions after the discovery of Israel’s lying and deception.” jpost.com
QUESTION: I want to go back to something that happened on Friday and then happened a couple of weeks before earlier in the conflict.
MS. PSAKI: Okay.
QUESTION: When the first Israeli soldier was missing, the Israeli Government quickly said Hamas has captured him, we want him back. The U.S. echoed the message. Same thing happened on Friday and in both cases it turns out that both soldiers, sadly, were killed in action. What was the independent intelligence that the U.S. had in order to say, backing up Israel, Hamas, you have the soldier, give the soldier back? And then when it developed that the soldier was, in fact, killed in action and was buried on Sunday, there was nothing from this government. It brings to mind the Pat Tillman case.
MS. PSAKI: I would hardly make that comparison. We acted on information that was provided by not just Israel but also the UN. Obviously, there sometimes is information that isn’t yet verified from the ground, but if there was a risk of a – that an Israeli soldier was kidnapped, which was the information that we had available at the time, we certainly have no regrets about calling for their release.
QUESTION: Can you say what that information was? I mean, it’s very sensitive to say —
MS. PSAKI: Again, I think I’ll —
QUESTION: — or to accuse anyone of having captured a soldier.
MS. PSAKI: It was based on information we received from Israel as well as the UN.
QUESTION: But the important thing is it was basically the Israeli narrative. I mean, Hamas kept saying we don’t have the soldier, we did not capture a soldier. They kept yelling out since the very first moment, but you bought into the Israeli narrative and you acted on that premise, in essence giving Israel a green light —
MS. PSAKI: Said, it was based on information we received from both Israel and the UN. state.gov
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