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Israel needs to sharpen its language at the UN and in the media; Masters of the English language are needed

Reader comment on item: Strange Logic in the Lebanon War

Submitted by Kenneth Gross (United States), Aug 19, 2006 at 10:54

In the wake of the Israeli Special Forces operation into Lebanon to thwart a Hezbullah military regrouping, I believe this comment should ignite an immediate change in Israeli Public Communications.

Part of the problem in the world public opinion department is the way Israel conveys its message.

They have some articulate people doing the talking over airways, some with British accents. I'm particularly impressed with their UN ambassador.

However, I think they need more people like you, Mr. Pipes, as spokespersons. They need absolute masters of the English spoken word. And I believe they need to take the gloves off.

Loud and clear, they need to reiterate that Hezbullah is not a nation. They need to stop using the idiotic term "fighting terror" and get very specific: Israel will not tolerate any further attacks by the rogue militia called Hezbullah. Hezbullah is nothing in the community of nations.

Thus, any repeated militant action such as kidnapping, killing Israelis or launching any firearms against Israel will be met first by immediate retaltiation against them by Israel. It will also push Israel to scream loud and clear to the world body of nations- The United Nations- WE WIILL TOLERATE NO HEZBULLAH ARMED THREATS OR ATTACKS AGAINST OUR PEOPLE- WHETHER THEY ARE ISRAELI SOLDIERS OR ISRAELI CIVILIANS.

Israel does not even need to start implicating the obvious links Hezbullah has to Syria and Iran. That amounts to circling the wagons. (You see Dan, I am not sure that many Israeli spokespeople know what "circling the wagons" means). Israel should narrow their language very strategically. Israel is of course in a proxy war against Syria and Iran at this time- with the ceasefire a welcome event.

However, Israel must focus exclusively in its message to the world that it just completed a war against a specific illegal terror state that had in part usurped the legitimate government of Lebanon.

In fact, I believe Israel should make a pre-emptive public statement at the U.N. now using the same phrase I put in caps above.

Can this be sent to a public relations person representing the government of Israel?

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