Gefilmd door Indiase journalisten.
What a strange conflict Gaza has been. On the one hand, countless videos and photos have depicted Israeli soldiers, Israeli tanks and Israeli Iron Dome missiles in action. And especially Israeli bombs—and the Palestinian homes these munitions destroyed and the civilians they killed as the Jewish state tried to destroy Hamas’ rockets and tunnels.
Yet we never actually see Hamas fire rockets. We might glimpse smoke trails crossing the skies as newscasters tell us those are Hamas rockets hurtling toward Israel. But we never see human beings in the act of firing the missiles.
Until now. A news crew from India’s NDTV has filmed a Hamas rocket crew in action.
En wat kunnen we hiervan leren?
What can we conclude? From a military standpoint, a rocket that can fit under a small tent is going to be tough to eliminate with an air strike or artillery barrage. It takes troops on the ground. […]
It also illustrates exactly why guerrillas and irregular armies so often can prevail, or at least endure, against superior forces. Rockets and mortars are easy to assemble and fire. The launch crew can vacate before warplanes or artillery responds.
When the counter-bombardment inevitably comes, civilians get hurt and the guerrillas gain support.
From a propaganda standpoint, it’s clear why Hamas has the upper hand. Israel is a democracy with a free press that often criticizes the government, and where foreign correspondents openly can report stories criticizing Israel.
The fact that we congratulate a television crew for merely filming Hamas firing a rocket speaks volumes about which side allows greater freedom of information.
Those who back Israel in the conflict should be aware that Israel also tries to influence public opinion through social media as well as by barring soldiers from talking to the press.