In an unusual message, the IDF censor on Thursday urged Israelis to exercise caution when discussing sensitive security issues – especially the recent IDF operation in Gaza that was the trigger for a Hamas attack, in which the terror group hit Israel with almost 500 missiles.
The terror group has been actively seeking information about what IDF soldiers were trying to do in that operation, and that it had unveiled the information that it gathered.
“Hamas is attempting to understand the incident that occurred on November 11, and any detail, even if it seems harmless or unimportant, could potentially bring harm to the security of Israel and endanger lives,” the message said. “Without regard to the accuracy of the information Hamas is releasing, we ask that individuals refrain from circulating photos, personal details that could identify the soldiers involved, or other details that may have been published in the media, social media, conversation groups, and any other communication platform. It’s important to act responsibly,” the message added.
One Israeli security official, known as M., was killed in that incident, and a second injured, and a pitched battle between Israeli forces and Hamas terrorists took place until the Israelis were successfully evacuated from Gaza. In the days since the incident, photos of a vehicle the Israeli forces were allegedly using have been released by Hamas and have been published in international media. Details about the identity of the IDF soldier killed in the operation have been released as well.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Israel “owes Colonel M., who was killed in the operation, a great debt. The day will come when the story of his bravery can be told. I salute Colonel M., his family, and his comrades in arms.”