Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had stated, in an interview with CBS, that the building was a “completely legitimate target”, and that the Israelis had shared intelligence information about the background to the decision to destroy the building with the United States. “We share all this intelligence with our American friends,” Netanyahu said.
Speaking at a press conference with the Danish Foreign Minister in Copenhagen, Blinken said that President Joe Biden and other officials in his administration “raised our concerns directly with our Israeli counterparts about the safety and security of journalists working in Gaza, and we stressed the need to protect them.”
Blinken added that shortly after the Al-Galaa building was struck, they requested “additional details about his justification.” He continued by saying, “I do not want to touch on intelligence matters in this forum .. I will leave it to others to determine whether any information has been shared and our evaluation of that information.”
The IDF had said that the building housed a Hamas research and development unit operating technological equipment against Israel, and that Hamas was using journalists as a “shield.” The Associated Press said it had no indication that Hamas “was in the building or was active in it.”