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IDF Launches New Media Weapon in Information War against Hezbollah

Most foreign media always give Israel the dirty end of the stick and make its enemies smell like roses. The IDF has put Hezbollah, Israel’s most immediate threat, in the crosshairs of a new media weapon.
Hezbollah's drug smuggling operations, used to finance terror, are exposed on a new IDF interactive website

Hezbollah's drug smuggling operations, used to finance terror, are exposed on a new IDF interactive website
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The IDF has launched new interaction media websites on the Hezbollah terrorist network in a pre-emptive strike to expose the rapidly expanding empire for what it is.

The vastly researched sites provide media outlets and, more importantly, the general public with a wealth of information that is designed to help Israel overcome the worldwide media bias in favor its enemies,

Operation Cast Lead in Gaza four years ago and the war in Lebanon proved how much foreign media were hell-bent to serve up reportage with a strongly pro-Hezbollah and pro-Hamas viewpoint.

Hezbollah’s move into Syria creates a gigantic threat to Israel, much more than Hamas or even Iran at this point. Hezbollah crippled northern Israel and surprised the IDF with advanced weapons and guerilla tactics in the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and it has a huge stockpile of  missiles ready for launching to strike again.

Lt. Col. Avital Leibovitz, the IDF’s director of the new Interactive Branch, told the Jewish Press and a select number of other media outlets Thursday that in last year’s Pillar of Defense counterterrorist operation against a barrage of hundreds of missiles on southern Israel,  “mainstream media” did not accurately report the massive attacks on Israel.

Now the military is striking back with its new Interactive Media Branch, which is using 30 platforms for websites in several languages – Hebrew, English, Russian, Arabic, Spanish, French and Russian.

“I am not trying to change the media,” Lt. Col. Leibovitz said. In effect, the IDF is carrying the banner of social protest groups, from the Arab world to Europe and the United States, and getting its message across on a new website while counting on a growing following on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

“The idea is similar in its concept of the military adapting to new war zones,” she explained. “This is a new media war zone  of interactive media.”

As of midnight tonight, the IDF has made available nine Hezbollah websites that are stocked with data and researched intelligence information exposing Hezbollah for what it is.

Although Leibovitz said she is not trying  to write an encyclopedia, the websites in fact provide a vast amount of information, with photographs, interactive maps, videos, and documented research, exposing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and not just a  political party. One website covers its illicit drugs and money laundering operations that bring in the funds to finance terror.

Other sites deal with Nasrallah, the Hezbollah media empire and its army of terror.

It is difficult to believe that foreign media all of a sudden will be nice to Israel, but the availability of the new websites for the general public may generate an even larger following on social media sites that will make it more problematic for media to portray Israel in an unfairly negative tone while treating organizations such as Hezbollah as a “militants” and “resistance fighters” trying to eliminate a supposed threat from Israel.

The IDF’s YouTube postings have received 35 million views. It has 340,000 followers in English on Facebook and 130,000 followers on Twitter, according to Leibovitz.

The new websites have been in the works for six months, staffed by approximately 30 regular soldiers and officers and with the cooperation of intelligence units and the Northern Command.

One of the leaders in developing the sites is 25-year-old Gabriel Freund, an immigrant from Australia, “I have been working for several months to get the site ready to tell the story of Hezbollah in a way that will be easy to share and understand,” he explained.”

Click here to reach the overall IDF site on Hezbollah, which provides link for nine others.

The Hezbollah youth movement

The Hezbollah youth movement

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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8 Responses to “IDF Launches New Media Weapon in Information War against Hezbollah”

  1. Enfin! La désinformation passe à l'action pour dévoiler le vrai visage du hezbollah, en passe de devenir entité terroriste par L'UE, qui hésite encore à le faire!

  2. Enfin! La désinformation passe à l'action pour dévoiler le vrai visage du hezbollah, en passe de devenir une entité terroriste par l'UE qui hésite encore à le faire!

  3. Ch Hoffman says:

    Hezbollah is making a lot of new enemies in Syria.
    might be better if Israel just sat back and allowed Nasrallah to dig his own grave.

  4. Thank G-d, finally – opening a much-need, long-overdue front in the war on terror.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Seeks Putin to dominate the world through the publication of the governments illegal in the world is the spiritual father and founder of the World criminal world he has a lot of money from prostitution, drugs and arms sales does accept the world that dominated the blood and strife for the human being is like a vampire undisputed that is the core issue.

  6. Kudo's to the IDF for this initiative! It's about time the world gets a more equilibrated view of the 'middle east conflict' which so far has been nothing more than Israel bashing!

  7. NO NO NO NO – 1000 times over. This is the most important and overdue weapon in the JEWISH arsenal.

  8. Hassan Boussy says:

    God bless Hezbollah. Hope all Jews burn in hell or on earth alive

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