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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

“Stories That Put Israel in Good Light”

While IF has its out and out crazies, as in the previous post, there are a few rarer sorts, who at least understand the importance of image when even discussing the issue of image. It’s important to at least appear rational and reasonable, rather than foaming at the mouth crazy. But for all that, our next contributor is little different on the substance,

“Given the history of this conflict, Israel seems to be always on the back foot and that's just incomprehensible to me. Any other nation in a similar situation would have been able to capture the higher ground and make the other side be on the defensive…….We don't seem to be able to feed the media with stories that would put the other side on the back foot or conversely, some stories that put Israel in good light even though I'm sure that there are plenty of stories like that to tell too (eg medical treatment etc)...” – reffo

Yes it's simply incomprehensible that substance outweighs spin. Have they never heard the phrase – you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear?

Take our poor deluded friend above and his plaintive plea for good stories on “medical treatment”.

Like this one ?? - The PA was paying Israel to provide cancer treatment to Palestinian children, where the Palestinian services and specialists are lacking (which is mostly everywhere courtesy of Israeli policy). A 12 yr old girl died from cancer after the Israeli hospital the PA was paying for her care, provided grossly negligent treatment including the use of outdated equipment that isn’t used in the treatment of Israeli children.

Perhaps we could add to that, stories about Palestinian women dying in labour (45) when refused passage through IDF checkpoints and the restriction on goods entering Gaza resulting in the complete unavailability of 23 essentials drugs as of the end of April .

Plenty of stories. Not sure about that “good light” though.

“Death Camps” in Gaza: A PR problem.

Our fine examples of humanity apply their collective wisdom to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza,

“What should be done about Gaza? I think it should be completely cut off, and there should be a law prohibiting any contact whatsoever with any residents of that territory. They should be given a deadline by which their electricity and water will be cut off. Obviously, there should be no supplies or anything at all delivered to them through Israel. They can do it through Egypt, or they can all starve to death for all I care.” - Kettlewhistle

Harsh? Oh no…

“The terrorists and their supporters in Gaza definitely deserve to starve to death, but the problem is that Israel cannot sustain images of Palestinians looking like the Jews liberated from the Nazi death camps.” – NewsGuy

Just an image problem then? But a little lateral thinking can get around such pressing public relations concerns,

"In terms of a plan, Israel should assassinate a high profile Hamas operative, then at his funeral, as thousands of Hamas terrorists gather, drop a dozen or so 1 ton bombs on the crowd of terrorists.. " – NewsGuy