Naftali Bennett, former Israeli Prime Minister, defended in an interview the action of the Yamam special forces in the Jenin hospital, which resulted in the neutralization of three extremists. Asked about the operation, Bennett responded: “If Osama Bin Laden was in the hospital and his thumb was injured, would you go and kill him? The answer is yes”.
The operation, which resembles scenes from the series “Fauda”, involved undercover Israeli military personnel entering the Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin, where they eliminated three militants. Bennett argued that often Hamas makes use of civilian institutions, such as hospitals and schools, to protect itself and plan attacks, placing Israel in a position where extraordinary measures are necessary for its defense.
The former Israeli leader countered criticism of the operation, emphasizing the importance of protecting Israeli citizens against threats. He also criticized President Biden’s executive order imposing sanctions on Israelis accused of violence against settlers, claiming that Israel is capable of dealing with such issues internally and that the alleged violence is marginal, having declined significantly over the past year.
Bennett’s CNN interview recalls the dilemma faced by security forces when making decisions in extreme situations, balancing the need for national defense with compliance with international ethical and legal principles.