web analytics
March 31, 2015 / 11 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Why Israel Is Losing The Information War


Many people who are informed about what’s actually happening in the Middle East constantly wonder why Israel fares so badly in the information wars. The following example gives us a pretty good idea why.

Jawaher Abu Rahmah, a Palestinian “activist,” died on January 1. Palestinian spokesmouth Saeb Erekat, who once was the right fork of Yasir Arafat’s tongue, claimed she died during a demonstration in the Palestinian town of Bil’in, killed by “poison” contained in tear gas fired at the demonstration by Israeli soldiers after it deteriorated into what could best be termed a riot.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Abu Rahmah’s death a “new Israeli crime carried out by the occupation army against our helpless nation.” She was given a martyr’s funeral, with crowds of mourners, as a victim an Israeli “war crime.”

The story was almost instantaneously reported around the world as fact, with Time’s resident Israel basher Tony Karon getting off a piece celebrating it as the occasion of an alliance between Palestinian activists and Israeli leftists.

The real story? According to the IDF, there’s no evidence Abu Rahmah was even at the Bil’in demonstration, nor does she show up on any of the videos. There’s no evidence she died from inhaling tear gas (if it was in fact poisonous, why weren’t there other deaths?) and the death certificate shows the cause of death as “inhaling gas of an Israeli soldier according to the family.”

That’s an indication that no doctor actually examined Abu Rahmah but that the death certificate was simply filled out by a nurse or orderly. And the accounts of her actual state of health are contradictory.

Was Abu Rahmah the victim of an honor killing exploited by the PA? It certainly wouldn’t be the first Pallywood production we’ve seen.

And really, none of the facts matter at this point.

Run with me for a second. Let’s say evidence surfaces that Abu Rahmah was never at the demo, and that this was an honor killing rather than death by tear gas. What changes?

By the time the truth comes out, the Palestinian propaganda machine and its allies have already publicized their version, it’s gone around the world and the media have already moved on to the next story. The Muslim world will certainly never hear the truth, and Israel’s enemies in the West will simply take the Palestinian version as factual.

And that’s the core of the problem.

Jews culturally are geared toward parsing facts and evidence, which is one reason so many of them are attracted to the legal profession. Anyone studying the Talmud essentially receives a legal education in miniature.

But what happens when you’re up against people who care nothing for facts and everything about impact and propaganda? What happens when you fight an information war against people who care nothing for the truth and merely want to consume your flesh?

In today’s media climate, you’re left foundering, trying to decipher the facts while the other side has already made its impact.

This is the sort of thing that happens when you play defense instead of offense -the other side controls the game and you’re limited to reacting.

That’s why Israel has been losing the information war.

Israel would be far better off going on offense by publicizing the Palestinian Authority’s inherent corruption, its official endorsements of terrorism against Israeli civilians, and its refusal to make a single concession in any negotiations.

Instead of constantly reacting to the “Palestinian narrative” with frantic attempts to dredge up facts, Israel would be far better off simply calling out people like Erekat and Abbas for lying, challenging them to prove their vicious allegations, and reminding the world of all the other fairy tales the Palestinians have spun over the years.

Rob Miller blogs at JoshuaPundit (www.joshuapundit.blogspot.com).

About the Author: Rob Miller blogs at JoshuaPundit (www.Joshuapundit.blogspot.com).


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Why Israel Is Losing The Information War”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Photo from President Barack Obama's past visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Netanyahu’s View of Obama: Trust and Consequences
Latest Indepth Stories
Photo from President Barack Obama's past visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

{Originally posted to author’s website, FirstOne Through} TRUST Trust is the bedrock of a functional relationship. It enables one party to rely on the other. A trust that includes both intention and capability permits a sharing of responsibility and workload. The relationship between US President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu started off badly and further […]

jabotinsky with sword

Jabotinsky said “Go To Hell” was a good retort to opponents of the Jewish people; fitting for Obama.

Obama Racine

Obama pulled off one of US history’s greatest cons,twice fooling a gullible electorate and most Jews

Auschwitz Entrance

While in Auschwitz I felt a tangible intensity. I could sense that I was in a place of sheer evil.

Obama needs to wake up. The real enemy is not Netanyahu but Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad,IS

My beliefs & actions have led to numerous death threats against me; my excommunication by my church

In November 2014, Islamic Relief Worldwide was classified as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates.

Too rarely appreciated for its symbolic weight; it can represent freedom and independence.

Erica Pelman is a spiritually-driven woman. She is founder and director of “In Shifra’s Arms” (ISA), an organization that offers aid to pregnant Jewish women of all religious backgrounds practically, financially and emotionally. Its arms are open to any pregnant woman in need whether single, divorced, separated, or from a financially-strapped family. “Presently, we are […]

Many so-called “humanitarian NGOs” frequently abuse Israel by applying false moral equivalencies

Israeli history now has its version of “Dewey Defeats Truman” with headlines from 2 anti-Bibi papers

In God’s plan why was it necessary that Moses be raised by Pharaoh, away from his own family&people?

In their zechus may we all come to appreciate that life is a fleeting gift and resolve to spend every precious moment of it as if it were the last.

In any event, Mr. Netanyahu after the election sought to soften his statement on Palestinian statehood and apologized for what he conceded were remarks that “offended some Israeli citizens and offended members of the Israeli Arab community.”

More Articles from Rob Miller

Dear Mr. Brisbane,

Your newspaper recently published an op-ed written by Mahmoud Abbas, the unelected president of the Palestinian Authority.

Many people who are informed about what’s actually happening in the Middle East constantly wonder why Israel fares so badly in the information wars. The following example gives us a pretty good idea why.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/why-israel-is-losing-the-information-war/2011/04/13/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: