Nov. 16, 2018
Israel Went to Extraordinary Lengths to Avoid Hurting Gaza Civilians (Twitter)
Raf Sanchez, the Middle East correspondent of Britain’s Daily Telegraph, noted after returning from Gaza on Thursday:
We’ve just come out of Gaza for a quick trip to see how things are after this week’s fighting.
Hamas are buoyant. Their leaders are going in front of bomb sites to do TV interviews.
People we spoke to were a) relieved there wasn’t a war, b) basically supportive of Hamas and other factions’ decision to shoot rockets.
Hamas are super-paranoid after the Israeli commando raid and are looking for collaborators. We went through lots of new checkpoints.
We got a sense of how careful Israel was to avoid civilian casualties during the airstrikes in Gaza. The Israeli army called one guy we met and spent 45 minutes on the phone with him, getting him to evacuate his neighbors, before they blew up a Hamas media building next to his.
We asked a senior Hamas leader, Ismael Radwan, about the Palestinian man from Hebron killed in Ashkelon. He went down a conspiracy rabbit hole, saying maybe the apartment building was a military site and Israel had put him there deliberately.