During the past few weeks of violent protests and riots, the world's media has taken its usual course, showing only one side of the story. But now, reports The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross, the IDF's spokesman has taken the initiative in a blistering op-ed piece, blasting the world's acceptance of Hamas' theatrics, and saying he would rather lose the "international propaganda war" than "lie like Hamas" and win:
The Israeli army’s spokesperson penned a scathing article for the Wall Street Journal on Monday, condemning Hamas for “[lying] to the world” about the recent Gaza border riots and criticizing international media outlets for accepting the falsehoods.
The “modus operandi [of Hamas officials] is simple: Lie. Their lies support the stated goal of Hamas: the delegitimization and destruction of Israel,” wrote IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis.
The deaths of over 60 Palestinians during last week’s violent protests were met with international outrage and calls for an independent investigation of events. The UN’s Human Rights Council on Friday ordered a probe, and a resolution prepared by Kuwait for the UN Security Council urges the deployment of an international force to protect Gazans. Hamas has subsequently admitted that 50 of the dead were members of the terror group. Three others were Islamic Jihad members.
Manelis described the protests as Hamas-orchestrated “theatrics” targeting the international audience.
“The [Israel Defense Forces] had precise intelligence that the violent riots were masking a plan of mass infiltration into Israel in order to carry out a massacre against Israeli civilians. Hamas called it a ‘peaceful protest,’ and much of the world simply fell for it,” Manelis wrote.
In his opinion piece, the spokesperson responded to criticism he’s faced, both in Israel and abroad, over his handling of the the Gaza border clashes, with many seeing Hamas as the victor of the public relations war.
“Some of Israel’s greatest friends might have preferred that we had looked better in the media this past week, but between vanity and truth, the IDF always chooses truth,” Manelis said...