Hamas holds press conference, promises ‘video that will shock Israel’

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Al Qassam Brigades, the paramilitary wing of Hamas, held a press conference late Saturday night in Gaza, promising an “important video message” that would shock Israel.

Al Qassam Brigades to air an exclusive video at the end of its press conference tonight.#Gaza #gazaUnderattack #Palestine #Hamas #Israel

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 17, 2012

People in #Gaza are already gathering around TVs, anticipating an “important video message from Al Qassam Brigades”. #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Self-described Islamic libertarian Iyad El-Baghdadi live-tweeted the conference. Among the claims by Al Qassam is the shooting down of an Israeli warplane over the Gaza sea, an event the group claims Israel is hiding from its people.

Al Qassam statement: Our enemy wanted to break our backs, but has miscalculated. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: By assassinating Ja3bari they opened fire on themselves. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: Every time you assassinate one our leaders you take us closer towards liberation. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: Our operation “Shale Stones” so far included 900 rockets fired. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: Numerous military targets were hit, including tanks and military runways. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: Five-million Israelis are under the reach of our rockets. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: Several Israeli targets within Gaza itself were hit. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: We fired at several Israeli jets, we estimate two were hit. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: Our fighting force is intact and we have the ability to take the initiative. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Abu Obeida, spokesman of Qassam Brigades: “Assassination of our leaders is a new victory” #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #Hamas #ShaleStones #IDF

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 17, 2012

Abu Obeida: “We have targeted a sensitive military site in Rishon Lezion near Tel El Rabee city”#Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #Hamas #Israel #IDF

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement seems to insist on calling Tel Aviv “Tall al Rabee3″ (Arabic translation). #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: To Israeli citizens, your own government brough the rockets to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Abu Obeida: ” We shot a warplane over Gaza sea, the thing Israel is hiding”#GazaUnderAttack #Gaza #Hamas #ShaleStones #Israel #IDF

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: To Israeli government, we challenge you to reveal the nature of the targets we have hit. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: To Arabs & Muslims, the battle isn’t for Gaza but for Palestine. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: We salute our people for their patience and courage and thirst for liberty. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Abu Obeida to enemy: ” We have a lot of surprises”#Hamas #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #Israel #IDF #WestBank #Palestine #ShaleStones #Resistance

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 17, 2012

Abu Obeida” “Attacks conducted on Israeli military sites is a part of Targets Bank”#Gaza #GazaUnderattack #Hamas #Israel #resistance

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement: Statement ended. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

No big surprise so far, a video loop is playing. Waiting for that video they promised. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Seems to be a video of a Qassam fighter firing a surface to air missile at an Israeli jet. #Israel #Gaza

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

One lesson learned from Hamas — don’t believe everything you see, such as that photo of an injured child which was revealed to have been taken in Syria a month earlier. A rumor spread last night claimed Hamas had downed an Israeli F-16 and captured the pilot.

Abu Obeida” What Israel has claimed of destroying the military abilities of Palestinian Resistance is a big lie”#Gaza #Israel #Palestine

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 17, 2012

The video is shaky and I won’t call it conclusive. Maybe they want #Israel to know they have surface to air missiles. #Israel #Gaza

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

OK, so that’s the big video. I’m sure a Youtube will appear soon… #Israel #Gaza

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

It appears to show a fighter in an olive grove, firing a shoulder-launched surface to air missile towards an Israeli jet. #Israel #Gaza

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

The video does not show the jet being hit or going down (unless I’m wrong, it was quite shaky). #Israel #Gaza

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

I guess Hamas wants to send a message to #Israel that it can target their jets. #Gaza

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

I must say that was anticlimactic. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

There was no immediate reaction to the press conference from the IDF’s official Twitter account. Twitchy will continue to monitor the situation. In the meantime, it seems observers should expect more of the same.

Nothing whatsoever about a truce or a cease fire in the Al Qassam statement. #Israel #Gaza

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

Al Qassam statement summary: You started it, we aren’t firing rockets blindly or targeting civilians, we’re ready for you. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

I think people in #Gaza were expecting news about a cease fire or a truce with good terms, but there was nothing of that. #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

One viewer in Egypt captured a shot of the video.

AlQassam spokeperson: We’ve shot down an F-16, the crash site is located in the sea. #Gaza

— Mahmoud Omar (@_Mahmoud) November 17, 2012

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— Mahmoud Omar (@_Mahmoud) November 17, 2012

Update:

Al Qassam has uploaded the video that will shock Israel to YouTube, and yes, it’s “shaky” in more ways than one. (Fair warning: it’s loud.)

A Qassam brigades declares responsibility for shooting down an #Israeli F16 jet over #Gaza sea (Video).youtube.com/watch?v=hU-q1g…#Palestine

— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 17, 2012

And after that disappointing statement and anticlimactic video, back to your regularly scheduled bombardment. #Gaza #Israel

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) November 17, 2012

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