ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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IDF spokesperson says hundreds of reservists have been drafted to help with PR battle

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari gives a statement on October 17, 2023, saying that the Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad was responsible for a rocket misfire that hit a hospital in the Gaza Strip, killing hundreds. (Screenshot)
IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari gives a statement on October 17, 2023, saying that the Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad was responsible for a rocket misfire that hit a hospital in the Gaza Strip, killing hundreds. (Screenshot)

IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says the military has a “big challenge” when it comes to international legitimacy to act in the Gaza Strip, following false claims by the Hamas terror group that an Israeli airstrike killed hundreds at a hospital.

He also says that the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has drafted hundreds of reservists to help with the public diplomacy efforts during the war.

“We presented the truth to the whole world, and following the reliable and accurate reporting, the US president adopted our position,” Hagari says, referring to an earlier briefing to international media outlets, refuting Hamas’s claims.

“The IDF operates in accordance with international law, and is committed to reliability and accuracy in reporting,” he says.

“We have a big challenge with legitimacy, against an enemy that has no value for the truth,” Hagari adds.

Hagari says the battle for legitimacy is “difficult, challenging, and often frustrating,” but that it is a “national responsibility.”

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