Hamas may have called for the destruction of Israel, but that didn’t stop its leader’s son from transferring his daughter to an Israeli hospital for emergency medical treatment.
The granddaughter of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was admitted to the Schneider Children’s Hospital earlier this week suffering from severe gastrointestinal inflammation that impacted her nervous system, according to doctors in Gaza.
While the prime minister’s son posted an appeal on Facebook for prayers for his 1-year-old daughter Aamal, a Hamas official boasted that rockets from Gaza could hit targets in Israel “past Tel Aviv.” Schneider Children’s Hospital is just outside Tel Aviv.
"I call on God to grant good health to my daughter Amal, who entered in a state of clinical death," the prime minister’s son Abd al-Salam Haniyeh posted on Facebook, according to French News Agency Agence France-Presse.
The Times of Israel reported Wednesday evening that Hamas official Salah Bardawil told the Hamas newspaper Al-Resalah that Hamas has improved its rocket capabilities in the past year and can now hit targets beyond Tel Aviv.
“The resistance now has various military surprises in addition to newly acquired expertise,” Bardawil said. “(Hamas) has improved its performance.”
Palestinian and Israel media reported that the child was returned to Gaza in a state of “clinical death” after Israeli doctors determined her condition could not be improved by medical intervention.
The Times of Israel pointed to the irony of Haniyeh’s granddaughter being admitted to one of the many hospitals in Israel that has had to fortify its infrastructure to protect its staff and patients from long-range Hamas rockets launched from Gaza.
Schneider Hospital spokeswoman Riva Shaked told the Times of Israel that among the upgrades are reinforced glass windows and the installation of a secure supply of oxygen in the basement in the event of a missile attack that would force patients to be evacuated underground. She said some 200 Palestinian children are treated at Schneider every year.
Ofir Gendelman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman for the Arabic media, posted these comments on Twitter:
Hamas PM Haniyeh had no qualms in sending his granddaughter to an Israeli hospital to save her life, while he's calling to kill Israelis.— Ofir Gendelman (@Ofir Gendelman)1384820916.0
Hamas PM's granddaughter is now cared for in an Israeli hospital. I guess Hamas, who fired rockets at other hospitals, will spare this one.— Ofir Gendelman (@Ofir Gendelman)1384811148.0