Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations and the United States, Gilad Erdan, told the Associated Press on Monday that the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas was using its now-destroyed building in Gaza to block the Iron Dome missile defense system, the Jerusalem Post and Times reported. Israel. “
Israel leveled the media tower in Gaza, which also housed Al Jazeera, with an air strike last month. The strike sparked outrage from the press, but some voices in the Middle East said an Israeli air strike on the building would be justified by the explanation.
“Completely legitimate,” international human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky said after the reports.
“Hamas is deliberately infiltrating the press to defend its terrorism against Israel,” the US Public Works Commission wrote on Twitter. “Victory against terrorism is necessary for peace.”
“And the media is still complaining about the destruction of offices,” added conservative journalist Cassie Dylan.
Pruitt said last month that the telegraph service was “shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would direct and destroy the building that houses the AP’s office and other news organizations in Gaza.” He also claims that the AP did not know that Hamas was active in the building.
“As we said, we have no indication of Hamas’ presence in the building, nor have we been warned of such a possible presence before the air strike,” he said at the time. “This is something we are checking as best we can. We don’t know what the Israeli evidence shows and we want to know.”
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the allegations, telling AP reporters that they were “unlucky” to escape alive, as Israel had repeatedly warned them they planned to hit the building.
Some critics have questioned the AP’s claims that it did not know it shared a building with Hamas, but Erdan believes the store does not know.
“Israel does not think so [AP] workers were aware of Hamas’ activities in the building because it was a secret unit of Hamas, he said.
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Erdan added that Israel is ready to help the AP build a new office building in the region.
“I have confirmed that Israel reaffirms the importance of press freedom and strives to ensure the safety of journalists wherever they report,” the ambassador said. “Israel is ready to assist the AP in rebuilding its offices and operations in Gaza.”