Video: Kibbutz Be'eri members react excitedly to the arrival of the abductees at Rafah Crossing/Photo: Yinon Shalom-Itach
The functioning of the Israeli media before and during the war deserves close scrutiny. True, these are privately owned media organizations (with the exception of Kan 11), not elected officials with ministerial responsibility, but from adopting (almost uncritically) the political-military concept of "Hamas is deterred" or at least aspiring to an arrangement (a perfect deception plan, we will have to admit that one day) to the adoption of the "army's version" - not only for the events that preceded the war, but those that are at the center of the terrible dispute with the prime minister's environment, But also to its moves.
The briefings by the IDF Spokesperson, Brigadier General Daniel Hagari, have already become "the news within the news." The reserve generals sitting in the studio do not stop praising the IDF, singing praise for its performance. I am not against it – and not only because the IDF is also my family (like most families in Israel) and not only because I wish it dizzying successes at a minimum price that is not more difficult, but because it is appropriate to reflect the army's position and, in wartime, to present its successes.
Still, this war is entering its tenth week, and other theses should have been heard. This refers not only to the person who has become a fig leaf of sorts in the studios, the "bad boy" of the commentary, Maj. Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, who claims, for example, that a confrontation with the Americans will not harm their willingness to continue helping Israel (I don't know if he is right, but he at least disagrees with the prevailing opinion), but also to reports that show more, for example, the way the Arab media covers the war.
Not out of a desire to identify with the citizens of Gaza (in which I share the opinion that there are very few innocents, including those who have now remembered to rise up against Hamas), but out of a desire to better understand the mood in the Arab region (and the same applies to the world media).
Hadas Dagan, survivor of the hostage incident in Beeri. Unwittingly outlines the lines for the investigation of "The Day After"/screenshot, Friday News, Channel 12
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Against this background, Lee Naim's article sparkled, in the Friday studio of Channel 12 News, not only as an excellent article in which a suspense plot is intertwined with a sad ending, with heartbreaking personal stories of those held hostage in one of the houses in Kibbutz Be'eri (mistakenly referred to in the media as "the dining room"), but mainly as an article that presents a different narrative, one from which the lines of the investigation that will take place the day after clearly emerge.
At the center of Naim's article was Hadas Dagan, one of two women who survived the inferno - and the only one who survived him to the end as a hostage. She tells her personal story, her family story, describes with heartbreak the moment she realized she had lost her husband, is furious at her abandonment, but does not blame those who came to rescue her, even if there is a chance that at least some of the hostages died as a result of incorrect operational decisions (for example, firing tank shells at the building).
Such operational mistakes, even if they occurred, are part of the course of the fighting. The terrible reality of October 7 does not stop producing stories of heroism, but it is only natural that it will also produce stories of missed opportunities and mistakes. Why? Because the system collapsed - and when systems collapse, room is given not only to instructive stories of heroism (which did occur) but also to the screw-ups that were made on the cliff of times.
In her wisdom, Dagan, a reluctant heroine, provides the standard for an investigation that must be carried out the day after the war: the failures (from political-strategic to military-operative) that occurred up to 06:29 on that Saturday morning must be investigated in an unequivocal manner. This is the will of all those who were abandoned to die and be kidnapped, just like that. What happened from that moment on must be investigated with silk gloves in order to learn lessons, to formulate procedures that will provide a better response in the future (God forbid, yes?) to correct and improve.
Many mistakenly thought that the main question that arose from this excellent article was whether the hostages were killed by IDF fire, and not her. The question that reverberates at the end is why the first people who tried to save arrived at the event only about seven hours after it began. For this terrible delay there is not and should not be forgiveness.
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Dana Weiss in the Gaza Strip. A victory picture? Viewers will decide for themselves/Screenshot, Screenshot, Saturday News, 12
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Has the media learned a lesson? But at least for now it doesn't seem so. How do I know? Because on the very same channel, Dana Weiss presented an article whose main frame is the Israeli flag flying in Palestine Square in Gaza - and presented it as a "victory picture."
It's unbelievable that someone still consumes this nonsense, these pseudo-symbols (remember the previous sergeant, Shifa Hospital? even conclusive evidence of all the stories we told ourselves about him we couldn't present), which are now being sold to us as victory pictures.
Well, even this encouraging picture does not come close to a victory frame, not even close to balancing the impression left by pictures of children in southern settlements, abandoned for hours. Abandoned to death.
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