FACT CHECK: TikTok Video Falsely Claims U.S. Troops Have Landed On Israeli Beaches
A viral video shared on TikTok purports to show U.S. troops landing on Israeli beaches amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
The video predates the current conflict and shows a 2017 military training exercise in Australia. Spokespersons for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Security Council (NSC) refuted the claim in respective emails to Check Your Fact.
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The TikTok video, which has garnered over 3,000 likes, purports to show U.S. troops landing on Israeli beaches amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. “Emergency Deployment Thousands of Troops and US Military Equipment Land of Israeli Beaches,” the video’s caption reads. In the video, a large group of troops can be seen reaching the shore as multiple military vehicles follow close behind.
The claim is false, however. The video predates the current Israel-Hamas conflict and shows a 2017 military training exercise in Australia. The exercise is called the Talisman Saber Amphibious Assault, according to the video’s title.
“Exercise Talisman Saber is the largest combined, joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force and provides invaluable experience to ADF and U.S. personnel to improve combat training, readiness and interoperability, exposing participants to a wide spectrum of military capabilities and training experiences,” the video’s description reads. The video has been uploaded to YouTube by the U.S. Army.
Likewise, Check Your Fact found no credible news reports suggesting U.S. troops have recently landed in Israel. In addition, neither the Department of Defense (DOD) nor the White House has issued a public statement indicating U.S. troops will be deployed to Israel as a result of the country’s current conflict with Hamas.
Furthermore, the Army has not publicly commented on the TikTok clip that distorts the 2017 training exercise. (RELATED: Video Claims To Show Hamas Ambush On Israeli Tanks)
A spokesperson for the DOD refuted the claim in an email to Check Your Fact. “Not correct,” the spokesperson said of the claim.
“U.S. troops have not landed on Israeli beaches. The video is false,” a spokesperson for the NSC told Check Your Fact via email.
Check Your Fact has also contacted the Army for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.