CNN casts doubt on Israeli claims confirmed by its own journalists
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CNN casts doubt on Israeli claims confirmed by its own journalists

A CNN summary of the Israeli hostage rescue mission on Saturday sought to sow doubt about the Israeli version of the story before confirming its veracity a few lines and a few hours later.

Under the headline “Israeli Operation Rescues Four Hostages, Kills Dozens of Palestinians”, the article published on Sunday repeats the claim that “at least 274 Palestinians” were killed during the rescue mission, attributing this figure to mysterious “Gaza authorities” in order to avoid calling them by their real name: the Hamas-run Ministry of Health. However, as CNN rightly points out, these authorities intentionally refrain from distinguishing between civilian and combatant casualties in order to inflate the overall figures.

Sections of the article, which currently has six bylines, extensively quote the Israel Defense Forces rear admiral Daniel Hagari, treating it as one of the most valuable sources in history. And yet, in a key passage, it suddenly calls his credibility into question.

“Hagari said the IDF came under intense fire, especially after they withdrew from the apartments (where

the hostages were detained), but did not provide evidence for his claims,” the story read.

This might be an understandable revelation if not for the multitude of evidence confirming what Hagari said – some of which comes from CNN, wh!

In fact, a few lines later, the authors say that “(Barak) Ravidthe CNN analyst, also reported that there was an “intense exchange of fire” after the hostages were rescued.

The story has been updated several times. The first excerpt questioning the veracity of Hagari’s comments appears to have been added mid-afternoon Sunday. Hours later, Ravid appeared on CNN and said there had been an “intense exchange of fire.” The article was not updated to reflect its reporting until the following morning. And even then, the questioning of Hagari’s claims was not abandoned.

Additionally, it was widely reported immediately after the operation that an Israeli police officer belonging to a counterterrorism unit had been killed during the operation; Did CNN writers and editors feel like he tripped and fell? Another CNN article, published Tuesday, notes that “soon after the mission began, Israeli soldiers and militants began exchanging fire, according to eyewitness accounts.” According to Haaretz, fighting on the ground between Israel and Hamas in Gaza killed 627 IDF soldiers after October 7.

And in the background of the helmet camera video broadcast by

Israeli army, shots and explosions are clearly audible.

So it’s unclear, given the surplus of evidence, why CNN — the most read digital news source in the United States and around the world, according to Comscore — insisted on denying Hagari’s claim. This is particularly confusing given the basic contours of the story; this was not a game of “capture the flag”.

Last October, a horde of Palestinian terrorists entered Israel to murder and kidnap innocent Israeli civilians as they marked a Jewish holiday – the resulting attack also resulted in rape, torture and other acts of brutality. For 8 months, these savages have been holding those they took hostage. An Israeli doctor who treated hostages brought back under a ceasefire agreement last December told CBS that “there is not a single person who has returned without having suffered significant physical injury or a medical problem” and that the hostages had been subjected to branding, sexual abuse and psychological torture at the hands of their captors.

All this to say: It never made sense to suggest that Hamas fighters could have congratulated the Israeli rescue team once they reached the hostages and allowed them to leave Gaza safely.

Yet CNN’s desire to undermine Israel – a compulsion common to many other Western newsrooms – is so strong that it compels them to make statements.

embarrassing mistakes like this.