Defense Minister Benny Gantz told reporters that when the Chief of Staff talked about this, he wanted to tell about the atmosphere, not the actual aspect.
Israel Defence Minister Benny Gantz (AFP)
Israel’s Defense Minister distances himself from the country’s military chief’s remarks on the Gaza Strip after the Israeli attack on the high-rise building housing the Associated Press and other media outlets. Said that there is no need to take this comment literally. An article published on the Channel 12 website at the end of the week quoted Army Chief of Staff Lt Gen Aviv Kohavi as saying “the destruction of the building was the right thing to do” and that he did not “absolutely regret” doing so.
The article claimed that the Gaza-ruled Hamas military group was using several floors of the Zala Tower for “electronic warfare” aimed at intercepting the Israeli Air Force’s GPS communications. The article said that Kohavi had told “a foreign source” that AP journalists knowingly or unknowingly drank copies each morning with Hamas electronics experts in a cafeteria at the building’s entrance.
no cafeteria in the building
The news agency AP called the remark “totally false” and said “there was no cafeteria in the building.” When asked about Kohavi’s statement, Defense Minister Beni Gantz told reporters that when the Chief of Staff talked about it, he wanted to tell about the atmosphere, not the real aspect.
‘Hamas also used to work from the building’
Gantz also alleged that ‘Hamas also worked from the building.’ He said, ‘It has never been claimed that AP journalists used to deliberately talk to Hamas personnel. In contrast, the kind of activities Hamas conducts, AP journalists may not even know that Hamas members are also in the building. The AP said it had no knowledge of Hamas’ presence in the building and had not been alerted to their presence.
India absent from voting
14 countries, including India, were absent from voting on a UN Human Rights Council resolution to launch an investigation into alleged violations and crimes during the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The resolution was accepted at the end of a special session convened at the UN body’s headquarters in Geneva on Thursday as 24 countries voted in favor and nine opposed it.
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