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The World Doesn’t Get to Choose How Israel Rescues Its Hostages – Analysis


Herb Keinon
Jerusalem Post, June 9, 2024

“The whole civilian issue here really needs to be analyzed impartially and understood.”

Some 44 years ago, Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS) carried out a daring rescue operation to free some 20 hostages being held at the Iranian embassy in London. Twelve years ago, the British Special Boat Service, supported by members of the Nigerian army, attempted a rescue mission to free a British and Italian contractor kidnapped by al-Qaeda terrorists in Nigeria. That raid failed, and the two hostages were killed.

If BBC anchor Helena Humphrey had been presenting the news on either of those days, she might have asked a British government spokesperson why they did not give a warning before launching what proved to be deadly raids since that was the staggering question she asked former IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus about the hostage raid that freed four Israelis from Hamas captivity on Saturday.

This question rivaled for audacity one that Sky News presenter Kay Burley asked former government spokesman Eylon Levy in November – one that prompted a Levy eyebrow raise that went viral and was seen around the world – about whether the fact that Israel was willing to trade hundreds of terrorists for each Israeli hostage was not proof that Israel thinks “Palestinian lives are not valued as highly as Israeli lives.” … [To read the full article, click here]

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