We care for their babies but where are ours?
Call me inhumane. Call me cruel. But I am sorry – this does not make me feel pride. It is one thing to open a humanitarian corrider even at the expense of having to hold off the fighting for 4 hours, letting Hamas do whatever they need to do to regroup during that time. It is another thing entirely to take OUR incubators from Israel, perhaps removing them from active service in our hospitals and taking them to Shifa Hospital.
The IDF is in the process of coordinating the transfer of incubators from a hospital in Israel to Gaza. pic.twitter.com/C8jyv0g3sE
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 14, 2023
There is no doubt that, just like under the captured al-Rantisi Hospital, Shifa covers for a Hamas command center, weapons cache, and where some of our hostages are being held or were held for a time.
Not only that, there is videotaped evidence of Hamas not allowing Shifa Hosptial to accept fuel the IDF brought to them. Why do we assume that Hamas will not block the delivery of the incubators as well? Yet the IDF should risk taking them in?
Hamas has also “fired mortars and anti-tank shells at IDF troops that attempted to reopen the evacuation route on Saturday,” as reported in i24 News on 5 November. JNS also reported on how Hamas is blocking the safe passage of Gazan civilians who want to escape the war zone.
It is to our credit that we are doing what we can to avoid civilian casualties but there is a limit to how far we should endanger our own troops and prolong the carrying out of our mission to rid the world of Hamas. Furthermore, we do this in face of demonization, in a world that calls the IDF genocidal and accuses Israel of war crimes. We should do what we can because to us it is the right thing to do, while taking care not to bend over backwards to the extent of self-immolation.
And we should not put the care of their babies ahead of the return of our own. Incubators for Israeli baby hostages? Well, that would make some sense.
Only three days ago, The Wall Street Journal reported on the evacuation of Gazan hospitals in anticipation of Israeli strikes. They had the temerity to quote Steve Sosebee, founder of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund that runs the children’s cancer ward at Al-Rantisi Hospital, who said:
Today they were finally forced to leave the hospital. These are patients, families, doctors and displaced people,… the evacuation was likely a prelude to the hospital being destroyed.
The entire health sector is being destroyed… Let’s stop acting like these hospitals are full of legitimate military targets. They’re not... “This is a critical step in creating an environment that’s unlivable in the Gaza Strip. [emphasis added]
WSJ is apparently not quick on the uptake. Over 9 hours ago and 11 hours ago, IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari posted two videos in English proving that al-Rantisi was a legitimate military target. It is likely that all the staff, if not patients, knew this.
In this earlier video, Hagari, in English, shows a senior terrorist home next to a school and 200 m from al-Rantisi Hospital. A tunnel leading to the hospital begins next to his house. Hagari shows the electricity panel that collects electricity from the solar panels on the roof of the hospital with a piping system that takes electricity directly to the operational tunnels that are under the hospital.
תיעוד בלעדי מפשיטת שייטת 13 וצוות הקרב של חטיבה 401 על בית החולים ״רנתיסי״: pic.twitter.com/ESsXOiUA5E
— צבא ההגנה לישראל (@idfonline) November 13, 2023
In this next video, Hagari shows a room with a chair with women’s clothing on it and bonds for tying someone’s legs to it. Sitting on a WHO electric box is an empty baby’s bottle. An unopened diaper bag is on the floor and there is a toilet in this dungeon-like space.
I suggest you watch this short video to see the room in the hospital basement where Hagari believes hostages were held for a time. It is set up as if it is a small sitting room . A list in Arabic on the wall shows the shifts terrorists are taking, Hagari suggests, to guard the hostages.
Special footage from the Rantisi hospital in Gaza – on the basement floor, a room was found with signs indicating hostages were held there, underground headquarters and a room full of weapons inside the hospital: pic.twitter.com/pDsyA1mT6T
— דובר צה״ל דניאל הגרי – Daniel Hagari (@IDFSpokesperson) November 13, 2023
I hope that the Israeli incubators are only on loan to the Gazans. With fewer than 3000 people now in the hospital, including patients, their families, doctors, and nurses, it will also be evaculated very soon, and the evacuation will include the babies in the incubators. Perhaps Turkey, Jordan, and the UAE — who have built field hospitals for the displaced Gazans — will have brought incubators so that Israel can take hers back home for Israeli babies.
That reminds me — where are our babies being held hostage in Gaza?