On Sunday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry blasted CNN for a report in which it appeared CNN reversed the order of events in which a young Israeli soldier was murdered by Hamas so that it looked as though Israel’s retaliation came before the murder.
On Friday, members of Hamas opened fire on IDF soldiers on the border; 20-year-old Givati Brigade Staff Sergeant Aviv Levi was murdered. Israel reacted by bombing 60 different Hamas terror targets. Then, on Saturday, members of Hamas breached the Israeli border fence, prompting the IDF to shell a Hamas observation post.
But on Saturday, CNN International reported, “Israel says one of its tanks targeted a Hamas military post in Gaza Saturday in retaliation for a border fence breach, one day after violence that left four Palestinians, including three Hamas militants, and an Israeli soldier dead.” There was no mention that the entire series of events had been precipitated by the murder of Levi.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted:
No @cnni !!! You got it wrong and not for the first time – an Israeli soldier was killed by #Hamas and #IDF retaliated, protecting its country and citizens against murderous terrorists. By misrepresenting the facts you manipulate against #Israel! @cnni- STOP YOUR MANIPULATION !
CNN did not respond to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Nahshon told the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot that his ministry would confront media outlets that “deliberately distort events taking place in Israel,” adding, “We will respond to every distorted headline and demand its immediate correction.”