With his country in the middle of a make-or-break war with Hamas, an Israeli spokesperson gave the world something to laugh about during a recent interview with Sky News.
Israel and Hamas reached a deal for a 4-day humanitarian pause that will see both sides exchange prisoners. The Israeli government agreed to release 150 Palestinian prisoners for 50 Israeli hostages kidnapped by Hamas during the Oct. 7 attack.
Sky News presenter Kay Burley told Israeli spokesman Eylon Levy that she had spoken to a hostage negotiator who claimed that the fact that Israel was getting 50 hostages released by Hamas in exchange for releasing 150 Palestinian prisoners displayed Israeli racism.
“He made the comparison between the numbers and the fact that, ‘Does Israel not think that Palestinian lives are not valued as highly as Israeli lives?’” she asked Levy
here's the moment. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/My2HGucXSx
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Burley’s question left Levy stunned and drew a hilarious facial expression from the Israeli spokesperson. Levy, however, regained his composure, adding that the accusation is astonishing and outrageous.
'I was flabbergasted, the idea that since Israel is releasing 150 Palestinian prisoners convicted of violence, in exchange for 50 hostages, that somehow means we care less about Palestinian lives?'
Eylon Levy says Kay Burley's Sky News interview left his 'jaw dropped.' pic.twitter.com/zcqID6vhVs
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“That is an astonishing accusation. If we could release one prisoner for every one hostage, we would obviously do that,” Levy said. “We’re operating in horrific circumstances. We’re not choosing to release these prisoners who have blood on their hands. We are talking about people who have been convicted of stabbing and shooting attacks. Notice the question of proportionality doesn’t interest Palestinian supporters when they are able to get more of their prisoners out. But really, it is outrageous to suggest that the fact that we are willing to release prisoners who are convicted of terrorism offenses — more of them than we are getting our own innocent children back — somehow suggests that we don’t care about Palestinian lives. Really? That’s a disgusting accusation.”
— Eylon Levy (@EylonALevy) November 23, 2023
Levy later admitted on social media that Burley’s question is the first that has ever left him speechless.