Monday, March 15, 2010

Not too little, but far too late

The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (Malam) is a very interesting organization. It’s a think-tank/NGO formed by former members of the Israeli intelligence community. There’s a tremendous amount of interesting information on their website on terror activities by the Palestinians, Islamists, and other haters of Israel.

They recently released their detailed response to the Goldstone report.

This response was put together with the assistance of various IDF units.

Probably the most powerful aspects of the reports are the pictures and videos showing Hamas soldiers repeatedly using children as human shields and showing how the Palestinians used schools, mosques, and hospitals as military centers (and human shields).

The problem with the document is that as powerful as it is, and incredible a job it does at Fisking Goldstone and the Left – it’s coming out far too late.

There’s no way this document could have been assembled without the IDF’s assistance, the declassified videos and photos, the captured documentation, and soldier’s testimonies.

And that’s where the problem lies.

The IDF/Government waited too long to assist in putting together this response.

The IDF talks about real-time reporting and embedding of the media, and they had interesting updates during the war, but all this stuff should have been made available immediately to “Malam”.

This report should have been released the day before Goldstone – so that when the Goldstone report, with its anticipated bias and false information was released, the truth would have already been known.

As a result, this document is reactive – not proactive. That’s the mistake.

“Malam” did an amazing job putting this report together – and they can only be commended for the job they did.

But operationally, the IDF failed to anticipate and respond to these attacks on time, ahead of time – and hence, lost this propaganda battle against Israel.

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Olah Chadasha said...

What else is new? This has been Israel's problem for decades. We've found out time and time again that just because the virtue of your actions are just doesn't mean the world will interpret them as such if the enemy can make a better propaganda campaign to a world itching to portray the Jews as evil. For a people that supposedly controls the world media, we suck at constructing a good PR image for ourselves.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Shimon Peres even closed down Israel Hasbara department when he was Foreign Minister.

He said, "Oslo will be our hasbara -- we won't need any hasbara department after that..."

The problem is that many of Israel's ambassadors don't believe in Israel's right to Eretz Yisrael at all. They have no clue how to defend Israel when it comes to any right wing agenda; Yishuvim, Jerusalem, etc.

Heck - on Israel TV last night, the reporter kept talking about "settlers" moving into Silwan, and the settlement neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.

Since we don't even believe we have any connection to Jerusalem internally, how can we be expected to explain our viewpoint to the world?

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