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Sunday, November 19, 2023

Israel has released several pieces of incorrect or disputed information, leading to weakened credibility and online ridicule.



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... Alongside its fight with Hamas, Israel is fighting another battle: to convince the world, and chiefly the United States, that this is a just war.

Israel's public-relations machine has gone into overdrive in recent weeks to make the case that its pummeling of Gaza has been necessary and conducted in a way meant to minimize civilian deaths. It has allowed journalists, including those from NBC News, to embed with its soldiers in Gaza, maintained a steady drumbeat of social media posts, and made Israeli representatives available for TV appearances.

But in its recent outreach to global allies, Israel has released several pieces of inaccurate or disputed information including claiming that an Arabic calendar was a shift schedule for Hamas kidnappers, and using curtains as evidence that hostage videos had been filmed in a hospital.

The widespread reaction calling out these questionable pieces of evidence has weakened Israel's credibility, according to some experts, and could lead to a boy-who-cried-wolf situation unless concrete evidence for a Hamas headquarters is found beneath Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital, one of Israel's key contentions at this stage of the war.

"The irony is they might find something and nobody is going to believe them," said H.A. Hellyer, a senior associate fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington, D.C., think tank. "At this point their credibility is shot." ....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-11-19 01:11 AM | Reply

Well I'll be damned.

Who knew???

And who posted it here for weeks???

And now that it's undeniable the people who tried their damnedest to deny reality are posting idiotic threads like "37 Jewish students from UMASS support Hamas and stopped a guy from getting his ------- warts lasered off" or whatever.

#2 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2023-11-19 03:40 AM | Reply

Netanyahu's crew hasn't crafted a coherent, credible, widely acceptable narrative that withstands serious critical examination. Now, even among many folks who almost reflexively back Israel practically without question, doubts grow. (I refer specifically to people of my generation, for whom it's probably helpful to recall that many of our impressions of Israel reflect, essentially, the "reality" of "Exodus," a movie based on a novel.) Netanyahu and those who share his triumphalist delusions, although a part of the Israeli tapestry, are not Israel. Israel cannot emerge from this latest iteration of the bloody problem either unscathed or unchanged. Hopefully some positive lessons may be learned, although I wouldn't even consider putting any money on it until Israel rids itself of the Netanyahu-settler-lunatic yoke.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2023-11-19 07:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

They've been feeding the entire world their -------- since 1947.

Everyone ate it up and asked for more.

It was just so much easier to murder tens of thousands of civilians in Gaza before everyone had a phone with a camera on it and internet access.

#4 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2023-11-19 10:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Hey, did you hear a reporter didn't turn a few minute news clip into an 3 hour long deposition?

It's been posted here 3 or 4 times.

It's quite a scandal.

#5 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2023-11-19 10:25 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

The apartheid state of Israel just keeps on war-criming!

#6 | Posted by john47 at 2023-11-21 12:17 PM | Reply

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