I’m convinced that Israel and the United States, with the complicity of the mainstream media, have neatly packaged death and destruction into their version of the sanitized “facts” so that the public is lulled into believing these military operations are “normal” – “justified” – and “humane”.
Israel prides itself on its high-tech capabilities, militarily and in every other way. It has its “Iron Dome” (thanks to the American taxpayers), its drones, and its well-honed public relations team. So it should come as no surprise that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) used Twitter to announce its launch of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza on July 7, 2014.
#IDF has commenced Operation Protective Edge in #Gaza against #Hamas, in order to stop the terror #Israel’s citizens face on a daily basis
3:22 PM – 7 JUL 2014
An American tweeted approvingly in reply.
Brad Weaver @CBWGaTiger Jul 7
@IDFSpokesperson Good luck, IDF, from a christian living in the USA. Obama may hate the jewish people but I still love them. Happy hunting.
How much longer? @RiosJose559 Jul 7
@CBWGaTiger @IDFSpokesperson sorry but no “Christian” would ever say “happy hunting”…you need to read your motherfucking bible more….
ฉันไม่เข้าใจ @1888MYRE Jul 7
@RiosJose559 @CBWGaTiger @IDFSpokesperson exactly what Israel is doing genocide . Plain and simple
From the very beginning, Israel’s military assault was as much a battle for public opinion as it was about “restoring quiet” to the south and eliminating the “terror tunnels.”
Unlike Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09, Twitter and Social Media were strategic weapons in 2014. The Guardian began a live blog dedicated to the assault featuring Tweets and live reporting from the ground.
The #IDF released its propaganda (aka Hasbara) on YouTube with nearly Disney-quality cinematography.