One of the big news items here in Israel is the Yedioth Ahronoth interview with head Hamas-hole Yahya “Bat Boy” Sinwar, conducted by Italian journalist Francesca Borri. In the excerpts already published, she writes:
I spent five days in the Gaza Strip and the result is Sinwar’s first interview as the leader of Hamas in Gaza to an Israeli media outlet, which will be published in full in Yedioth Ahronoth and La Repubblica on Friday.
In the interview, Sinwar appears somewhat conciliatory:
“Because now I see a true opportunity for change.”
An opportunity? Now?
It appears the most realistic thing right now in Gaza is another war.
“A new war is in no one’s interest, certainly not our interest. Who really wants to confront a nuclear superpower with four slingshots? War doesn’t achieve anything.”
But you have been fighting all of your life.
“I’m not saying I won’t fight anymore. I’m saying I don’t want any more wars. What I want is an end to the siege. My first commitment is to act in the interest of my people; to protect them and to defend their right for freedom and independence.”
But Sinwar is now claiming he had no idea the interview was for an Israeli media outlet.
But Sinwar’s press office said in a statement: “We are sorry that the journalist did not respect her career code of conduct.”
The journalist in question, Francesca Borri, had asked – or so the Hamas statement says – for an official interview with Sinwar on behalf of La Repubblica and The Guardian.
Borri took a photo with Sinwar, which appeared on the front page of Yedioth Ahronoth. She says the interview was done in person, while the Hamas leader’s office says it was through written questions and answers.
“It seems that the journalist sold the interview to Yedioth Ahronoth, who changed the content to make it look like the interview was done for an Israeli newspaper,” the statement said.
Borri said that she spent five days in Gaza and met Sinwar three times in his office in Gaza City to conduct the interview.
I don’t think it takes a degree in rocket science to work out who is lying here. Borri was clearly interviewing Sinwar in person. It makes no sense she would travel all the way to Gaza just for a photo in which she is pretending to take notes.
And I also doubt she would fabricate the question and answer regarding why he agreed to be interviewed for an Israeli newspaper.
I posit that he was under heavy criticism for agreeing to be interviewed by the evil Joooooos, and so went in to damage control.
Which goes to show that despite what he actually said in the interview, peace is as distant as ever, and war is inevitable.