Welcome to the RedState Weekly Briefing — where we take a quick look at the week’s most viewed stories in case you missed any of them. Grab a cup of coffee — or, hey, we’re heading into winter/holiday time, hot chocolate — and sit down with this 21st Century Weekend Edition of your favorite (online) publication!
#1 – Shock Video: Hamas Terrorist Celebrates Point-Blank Shooting of Israeli Soldier, Then IDF Takes Him Out — by Bob Hoge
Israel Defense Forces supplied CNN with newly-released footage that shows the chaos and tragedy unleashed by Hamas gunmen on the morning of the October 7 terror attacks against Israel. In one clip, a Hamas killer celebrates the point-blank murder of an Israeli soldier—but his party ended soon after as an IDF bullet took him out.
The footage was taken with a GoPro by a Hamas fighter himself and was obtained after he was “neutralized.” Video also shows footage taken from within their 300-mile tunnel network under Gaza, which they use to hide from IDF, store munitions, and keep hostages captive. “What’s hidden is far worse,” says the writing on the wall in Arabic.
#2 – WHOA: Ben Shapiro Directly Goes After Candace Owens, Calls Her ‘Disgraceful’ — by Bonchie
To say that’s shocking is an understatement. As Shapiro mentions, Owens is still a part of his company or was at the time that video was made (we don’t know the exact situation as of mid-day Tuesday). Certainly, it is unusual to see that kind of animosity spill out into the open when dealing with a media company.
Is Shapiro wrong for doing so, though? I don’t think so because I think you can reasonably expect that he made private attempts at reconciliation prior to finally blasting her in public. Owens has instead doubled down and accelerated her repetition of antisemitic tropes and outright lies about Israel and Hamas.
#3 – A Tweet Dan Bongino Does Multiple Times a Week Holds a Stark Truth We Must Embrace — by Duke
This is all to back up the assertion that Bongino has been making for a while now, that people who are paid to report the news and offer commentary on it are seeing things that they have never seen in their adult lives. They are ready — and both preparing themselves and alerting you that something is going to happen.
Now, you don’t need to have a radio show or be able to write on a national site to notice these things and, as I mentioned earlier, people that I have talked to who have commented on my radio show topics, my Facebook live airings, and also commented here on my articles, are also picking up on the same things.
Admittedly, Dan Bongino with his background in law enforcement, probably has some lines of communication that the rest of us don’t have, and when he gives a consistent flashing red light of “the enemy is here,” he’s trying to keep it somewhere in the forefront of your mind that you need to be able to take care of yourself and your family.
Because the government’s not going to be able to.
#4 – BREAKING. Israeli Special Forces Storm Al-Shifa Hospital — by Streiff
I’m making that point because it demonstrates that, contrary to much of what is said in the media, Israel is following procedures required by the Geneva Conventions to minimize risk to civilians. For an in-depth discussion of those requirements and Israel’s procedures that have been deemed the “gold standard” by international legal experts, read The Israeli Bombing of the Jabalia Refugee Camp Was Another Hamas War Crime.
Al-Shifa is a sprawling complex built by Israel in the early 1980s. When building the hospital, underground operating theaters and a tunnel network were designed in.
The Israelis are so sure about the location of the Hamas bunker, however, not because they are trying to score propaganda points, or because it has been repeatedly mentioned in passing by Western reporters—but because they built it. Back in 1983, when Israel still ruled Gaza, they built a secure underground operating room and tunnel network beneath Shifa hospital—which is one among several reasons why Israeli security sources are so sure that there is a main Hamas command bunker in or around the large cement basement beneath the area of Building 2 of the Hospital, which reporters are obviously prohibited from entering.
#5 – Biden Has to Be Helped by Jill During Press Briefing, Makes Bad Israel Comments Anyway — by Nick Arama
“It is my hope and expectation that there will be, uh, less intrusive action relative to hospital,” Biden said, saying he had been in contact with the Israelis.
“Also there’s an effort to take this pause to deal with release of prisoners. And that’s being negotiated as well, with Qataris are engaged. So I remain somewhat hopeful. Regardless, the hospital must be protected.”
So, to walk through this: The Israelis have already blown up his fiction about “four-hour daily pauses” that the Biden team claimed to have negotiated. The Israelis said they have been doing situational pauses since the beginning of the war and nothing new had been negotiated. So unless he’s talking about something new here, this is just blather and not true, something he’s saying to pander to the left that wants a ceasefire.