BBC Mocked for ‘Outrageous’ Suggestion IDF Should Have Warned Gazans Before Hostage Rescue Mission

Published June 10, 2024

The BBC is facing significant backlash because one of its reporters suggested to former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Jonathan Conricus that the Israeli military should have warned Palestinians before conducting Saturday’s daring surprise raid that rescued four hostages being held in Gaza for eight months.

During a BBC News interview on Sunday, anchor Helena Humphrey questioned the IDF’s decision not to notify Palestinians before the successful rescue mission.

In a high-risk joint operation on Saturday, the IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Yamam (elite police counter-terrorism unit), and police rescued four hostages simultaneously from two nearby locations in Nuseirat, central Gaza.



“Would there have been a warning to those civilians, for them to get out on time?” the BBC interviewer asked the former head of the IDF International Media Branch.



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Former IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said Israeli hostages were being held by Palestinian civilians

Published June 9, 2024

A former IDF spokesperson pushed back against a BBC anchor who asked if Israeli forces would have warned Gazans ahead of a secret raid to liberate a handful of hostages so they could seek safety.

“Would there have been a warning to those civilians [Gazans] for them to get out on time?” BBC anchor Helena Humphrey asked former IDF spokesperson and Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Jonathan Conricus during a recent interview.

“Of course, we can’t anticipate Israel to be warning ahead of a raid to extract or to save hostages because then what the terrorists would do is to kill the hostages, and that would defeat the purpose,” he replied.

The exchange followed Humphrey’s note on the massive sums of Gazan civilians who died amid conflict in the region. She asked Conricus if the IDF could have anticipated such a substantial number of casualties that have occurred in the months since the war began in October.

“I think the whole civilian issue here really needs to be analyzed impartially and understood,” he said, pointing to his sources and Hamas statements to support his suggestion that Palestinian civilians played a role in the situation.



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Lt. Col. (res.) Jonathan Conricus at the IDSF conference, Jan. 25, 2024. (photo credit: TAMIR HAION)
Published June 9, 2024

While Hamas has claimed over 200 Palestinians were killed in an operation to rescue four hostages, Israeli estimates leave that number below 100 and charge that many were killed by terrorist fire.

Former IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus was asked by BBC News on Sunday if the IDF should have warned Palestinians before conducting an operation which saw four hostages rescued from Hamas captivity.

“I was asked at @bbc whether the @idf should have warned Palestinians before launching the rescue operation today. What do you think?” Conricus wrote on X.

Four hostages were rescued simultaneously from two separate nearby locations in Nuseirat in central Gaza, in a high-risk joint operation by the IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Yamam and police on Saturday.




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