A statement on the IDF website says the Israeli military is using the Gospel to "produce targets at a fast pace." It continues, "Through the rapid and automatic extraction of intelligence," the Gospel produced targeting recommendations for its researchers "with the goal of a complete match between the recommendation of the machine and the identification carried out by a person."
Aviv Kochavi, former head of the IDF, said the system was first used in the May 2021 bombing campaign in Gaza. "To put that into perspective, in the past we would produce 50 targets in Gaza per year," he said. "Now, this machine produces 100 targets a single day, with 50% of them being attacked."
The IDF does not disclose what it inputs into the Gospel for the program to produce a list of targets.
Thursday, the Israeli outlet +972 Magazine reported Tel Aviv was using AI to pick targets in Gaza. A former Israeli official told the +972 that the Gospel was being used as a "mass assassination factory." The program is selecting the home of suspected low-level Hamas members for destruction. Sources told the outlet that strikes on homes can kill numerous civilians.
One source was critical of the Gospel. "I remember thinking that it was like if [Palestinian militants] would bomb all the private residences of our families when [Israeli soldiers] go back to sleep at home on the weekend," they said.
On Friday, the Guardian expanded on the +972 article by reporting that the Gospel plays a central role in the Gaza military operations.