29 August 2008
Stuart Littlewood shows how Israeli public relations fodder pumped out in London and Tel Aviv fails a crucial PR test. He argues that, if the Palestinians and other Arab were to get their media act together, they could “make mincemeat” of Israeli propaganda.
When Ron Prosor arrived in London last year to take up his post as Israeli ambassador he was eager to step up public relations. He told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: "I'm not afraid to appear anywhere, and there is no platform ... that I will not utilize for PR work."
We are familiar with the usual Israeli PR mantras:
* having to contend with suicide bombers
* how Arafat turned down former prime minister Ehud Barak's so-called 'generous offer' in 2000
* how the Israeli public has moved to the left in recent years whereas Palestinians have moved to the extreme right
* Israel is a democracy under attack
* Jerusalem is the capital of Israel forever
* Israel is against any negotiations with Hamas because it as a terrorist movement.