The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and...

"Stephanie Gutmann, who covered the second intifada, documents in her book, 'The Other War,' how Israel, in spite of — or maybe because of — its strength as a democracy nearly always loses the battle for soft and sympathetic minds." — The Washington Times

C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x 2 THE OTHER WAR modity ( easily surpassing text), and news outlets around the world grew increasingly dependent on three massive image merchants: the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France- Presse news serv­ices, which collectively supply 80 percent of the world news media’s still and television images. Increasingly, wherever we live in the world, we are “ informed” by the same pictures, tied together by the real- time transmission of the same images, and part of the global village that Marshall McLuhan foresaw in the 1960s. This globalization and unification of communication have had a big impact on war. For those not involved in some material way, war has become mostly global spectacle. In practical terms, for com­batants there is a new front that is almost as important as the old one on the ground. If you can dominate world media and enlist world opinion, you can defeat your enemy by letting global levers like trade sanctions, decreased tourism, and United Nations troops constrain him. This second front did not emerge overnight. The United States has fought what writer Michael Ignatieff calls “ vir­tual wars” for short periods, although we have not realized it. In his book Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond, for instance, Ignatieff says that in the Kosovo air war, the West did not appreciate that Milosevic could afford to lose military assets because he was not fighting with conventional military means. Instead of fighting NATO in the air, he fought NATO on the air waves. By allowing CNN and the BBC to continue broadcasting from inside Serbia, he hoped to destabilize and unsettle Western opinion with nightly stories of civilians carbonized in bombed trains and media workers incinerated by strikes on television stations. . . . Propaganda has been central to war since the dawn of democracy, but it took an authoritarian populist for the Balkans to understood the awesome potential for influencing the opinion- base of an enemy, by manipu­lating modern real- time news to his own advantage. The United States has fought media- savvy opponents since then— Saddam Hussein and the young Shiite cleric Moqtada al- Sadr, for instance. But for a case study of a country fighting long- term media war with a brilliant opponent, one should look at the government of Israel and its battle with Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority during the period that has come to be known as “ the second

The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy


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Front MatterFront CoverTitle PageCopyright PageCONTENTSINTRODUCTIONONE. WAR: THE REALITY SHOWTWO. “AL-DURA”—A CASE STUDYTHREE. THE LYNCHING— ANOTHER CASE STUDYFOUR. IF IT BLEEDS, IT LEADSFIVE. JENIN AND THE MASSACRE THAT WASN'TSIX. JERUSALEM THE BATTEREDSEVEN. BEHIND THE VEILEIGHT. FIXING THE NEWSNINE. OUTSIDE THE PRESS VAN: TRAVELS WITH FARAJTEN. HIS OWN PRIVATE JIHADELEVEN. FROM OBSERVERS TO PARTICIPANTSACKNOWLEDGMENTSINDEX
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