At the Aljamals

The Wall Street Journal has what must be a page-one exclusive reporting the text messages of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar to mediators. The messages reveal Sinwar to be an advocate of “the worse, the better.” He’s that kind of guy. Obviously. He looks forward to his emergence from the Hamas tunnels with a declaration of victory.

I find nothing surprising about the story. It should barely come as news to anyone who has followed the Hamas war on Israel, except perhaps for the continuing stupidity of the Wall Street Journal’s news operation, as in this paragraph:

More than 37,000 people have been killed in Gaza since the start of the war, most of them civilians, Palestinian officials say. The figure doesn’t specify how many were combatants. Health authorities said almost 300 Palestinians were killed Saturday in an Israeli raid that rescued four hostages kept in captivity in homes surrounded by civilians—driving home for some Palestinians their role as pawns for Hamas.

“Health authorities” — that’s a killer, so to speak.

Only yesterday the Journal reported the number of civilians killed Saturday at 210 — wait, make that 274 — while over on the editorial page the Journal mocked the shtick of the “Gaza Health Ministry” (a/k/a “Palestinian officials” and “health authorities”). Quoting this AP story (links below in original), the Journal editors observed:

“BREAKING: Gaza’s Health Ministry says 274 Palestinians were killed during the Israeli operation,” reports the Associated Press, only 48 hours after it had exposed how the Hamas ministry’s daily death tolls are “at odds with underlying data.” When will the media stop taking the kidnappers at their word?

Good question! For one answer, check out the Journal’s news pages.

Speaking of the kidnappers, we have now been afforded a heart-stopping glimpse of Operation Arnon courtesy of the Israeli police. Released yesterday, the brief video takes us inside the apartment of “journalist” Abdullah Aljamal at the moment when the rescue team scoops up three Israeli hostages held there. The video was all over X yesterday. The one below includes subtitles:

The Times of Israel adds this footnote:

Three of four hostages rescued by special forces from the central Gaza Strip over the weekend were being held at the home of Abdallah Aljamal, a Palestinian journalist and member of the Hamas terror group, the Israeli military confirmed on Sunday.

Rumors had circulated on social media after Ramy Abdu, head of the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, said in a post on X that soldiers had climbed into the Aljamals’ home during the raid in Nuseirat on Saturday, killing several members of the family, including Abdallah and his father, Dr. Ahmed Aljamal.

Abdu published an image ostensibly from the Aljamals’ home alongside his post, though he made no mention of the possibility that hostages were held there.

The worse, the better.

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