FACT CHECK: No, This Photo Does Not Show American Soldiers Praying Before Being Deployed To Israel
A photo shared on Facebook allegedly shows American soldiers praying before being deployed to Israel.
This image is not recent. It was taken in 2017, long predating the current Israel-Hamas conflict.
Vice President Kamala Harris recently stated that the U.S. has no intention to send troops to Israel or Gaza, according to CNN. Harris also emphasized that Israelis have a right to defend themselves and that it’s important to not conflate Palestinians with Hamas, The Hill reported.
The Facebook post purports to show a photo of American troops about to be deployed to Israel. The photo appears to show several soldiers in uniform knelt over chairs as if praying.
“American soldiers praying for their country, for Israel before being deployed to defend Israel,” the post reads. “If you believe God answered their prayers say amen.”
The image is not recent, however. It was originally posted to Facebook in 2017 with the caption, “Powerful image of U. S. Soldiers praying together after a Chapel service in Fort Benning, Georgia.”
There are no credible news reports about U.S. troops being deployed to Israel. U.S. troops are stationed in Middle East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but not Israel, according to CBS News.
The military base mentioned in the post’s caption was renamed to Fort Moore last May, according to CNN. (RELATED: No, U.S. Troops Didn’t Die In A Recent Battle With Hamas)
Check Your Fact reached out to a Fort Moore spokesperson for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.
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