The predictable unreliability of ‘mainstream’ news was used by Israel to draw Hamas forces out of their safe bunkers to where they would be exposed to attacks from the air.
It was an elaborate ruse. Israel moved ground troops into a position of readiness. Netanyahu let it be known that an attack by both ground and air was on the table.
And then came the tweet.
Conclusions were jumped to and speculation was reported as fact.
Websites of media outlets around the world, including the Washington Post and ABC, reported the incursion. “Israeli troops have entered the Gaza Strip as conflict with Palestinians escalates, Israeli military says,” was the tweet put out by the Washington Post.
The problem was that there was no ground invasion. Yes, the IDF had deployed troops along the border but they did not cross into Gaza. What did happen was in the air where 160 aircraft had assembled for a massive bombing run over the Gaza Strip. Their target was what the IDF called Hamas’s “Metro”, an underground network of tunnels where Hamas stored its weapons and used to move throughout Gaza hidden from Israeli aircraft. — JPost
Expecting to face conflict on the ground, Hamas moved defensive troops in place to square off against Israel’s ground forces. The ground attack never came. But now the defensive forces for Hamas were suddenly vulnerable to Israeli airstrikes.
Here’s the video IDF tweeted out about how that went.
The target: The Hamas ‘Metro’ tunnel system in Gaza.
The operation: 160 aircraft, tanks, artillery and infantry units along the border.
We struck 150 targets and damaged many kilometers of the Hamas ‘Metro’ network. pic.twitter.com/otn7JKxB9c
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 14, 2021
Washington Post has one job, report things you know to be true.
But IDF was counting on media reporting to be SO bad at that that they built a successful military maneuver around them getting the story wrong.
Turns out, you can never go wrong by underestimating the credibility of WaPo.
Considering their ideological leanings, that’s gotta be a bitter pill to swallow.
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