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Lots of spokesmen, lots of footage making a difference

Jewish star of davidAmerican pro-Israel advocacy groups say the Israeli government has done a better job in reaching out and being responsive to the foreign press during the current Gaza fighting than in other recent conflicts.

With Israel’s attacks on Hamas featuring prominently on newspaper front pages and the 24-hour news cycle, the Foreign Ministry and its representatives in the US have made officials available for scores of interviews and briefings, as photographs and video clippings from the scene have been distributed. The government has also been trying to use new media to reach out to the American public, including Twitter and Youtube.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi of The Israel Project compared the current situation to that during the second Lebanon war in 2006, when the IDF delayed releasing photos of bombing sites that could have showed Israeli actions in a more positive light.

“You’ve got a lot of Israeli spokesmen, a lot of footage and photos [put out] in a systematic, organized way,” she said. “It’s making a very big difference.”

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Source: By Hilary Leilea Krieger Jerusalem Post/Associated Press

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