Full-scale propaganda war machine:
Among other things, the Israeli military has started its own YouTube channel to distribute footage of precision airstrikes. And as I type, the Israeli consulate in New York is hosting a press conference on microblogging site Twitter. It’s pretty interesting to see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reduced to tweets of 140 characters or less (“We hav 2 prtct R ctzens 2, only way fwd through neogtiations, & left Gaza in 05. y Hamas launch missiles not peace?”; “we’re not at war with the PAL people. we’re at war with a group declared by the EU& US a terrorist org”).
I wonder when the Palestinians are going to be utilizing the new media on a strategic level like the Israelis.
Maybe, if their electricity doesn’t get cut off ever so often. According to this report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
The majority of Gazan households have power cuts of at least eight hours a day. Some have no electricity for as long as twelve hours a day.