With friends like these:
Iran tells Hamas it will not enter the war with Israel (msn.com)
“When you wake up the bear with such an attack, it’s quite difficult for your allies to stand in the same position as you.”
IDF found Hamas weapons, tech in Shifa hospital, but no smoking gun - The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)
IDF Chief Spokesperson R.-Adm. Daniel Hagari on Wednesday night presented Hamas weapons, military equipment, and intelligence technology which IDF soldiers found in more than 18 hours of searching Shifa Hospital since the early morning.
However, at press time, the IDF’s findings were not the same level “smoking gun” as the vast explosives, advanced weapons, and hostage holding room which it found at Rantisi Hospital just a few days earlier.
In addition, no senior Hamas officials were found, and other than five Hamas terrorists killed as the IDF entered the hospital, there was no dramatic gunfight on Wednesday as has occurred at other symbols of Hama’s rule.
I think this is great news. They bugged out and they’re losing. The crazy part is that Rantisi had all the smoking guns. Isn’t that enough?
Here’s another one with the same idea, and it makes me think they just want a quick and neat war movie end to all this.
Shifa Hospital anticlimax – 200 Hamas forces evaporate into thin air? - The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)
The IDF announced zero arrests and even foreign media only mentioned two arrests, with five Hamas terrorists being killed just outside the hospital, but none inside – not even a single gunfight.
What? No babies killed in a massive Alamo like standoff? That’s not good for media relations.
Knowing this, there were high expectations from defense analysts once the Gaza invasion started in late October, that the IDF would make a priority of taking over Shifa Hospital to unmask it and Hamas’s vast tunnel network and military apparatus there as soon as possible.
So, now the spin is that the IDF didn’t get in there faster? Maybe if Bibi didn’t have to fight the calls for immediate ceasefire and humanitarian pauses and this and that, and the Hezbollah rockets from the North and the Yemen rockets from the south, and the Rahfa border crossing fuckstory, they could have gotten in there and killed more human shields. I mean, that IS what’s missing from this let down of a story, right? There were no massive civilian deaths, I mean outside of the parking lot thing. It’s a war. Not Hollywood.
Securing the hospital, closing off the tunnels and getting the ER and ICU and NICU up and running again are going to be way easier now. But, I guess that’s not a good enough story.