Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson, Emmanuel Nahshon, on Saturday slammed US news network CNN and Britain’s BBC for their coverage of the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip on Friday.
“Israel says one of its tanks targeted a Hamas military post in Gaza Saturday in retaliation for a border fence breach, one day after violence that left four Palestinians, including three Hamas militants, and an Israeli soldier dead,” CNN tweeted on Friday.
Nahshon responded to the tweet by claiming that “No @cnni !!! You got it wrong.” “An Israeli soldier was killed by #Hamas and #IDF retaliated, protecting its country and citizens against murderous terrorists.”
He accused the news agency of “manipulation”.
The wording of the CNN post, Nahshon pointed out, angered the ministry as it implied that the killing of the four Palestinians preceded the killing of the Israeli soldier.
“CNN is attributing blame for the deadly skirmish to Israel,” he told Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth, stressing that Hamas should be responsible for the Palestinians’ death.
In the same context, Nahshon referred to another tweet that was posted by Omri Ceren, an American politician and national security advisor, who had criticised BBC for “misrepresenting recent events in Gaza”.
“Israeli soldier ‘dies from gunshot’ is how the BBC reports on a Hamas terrorist shooting and killing an Israeli soldier. This is the new version of headlines about terrorist car rammings that say Israelis ‘hit by car’,” Ceren tweeted.
“We in the Foreign Ministry are on guard 24 hours a day. We would not let international media deliberately distort the events taking place in Israel and in our region. We will respond to every distorted headline and demand its immediate correction” Nahshon added.