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New Media Lessons From Recent Israeli Conflicts
 
Lt. Gen. Blum (center), the chief of the U.S. National Guard Bureau, talks with members of the Israeli Defense Force's Homefront Command in the rubble of a collapsed three-story building in Nazareth, Israel (US Army photo).  

 

LEARNING TO LEVERAGE NEW MEDIA:
THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES IN RECENT CONFLICTS

Lieutenant General William Caldwell
Professor Dennis Murphy
Mr. Anton Manning

The views expressed in the document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the the U.S. Army War College, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

During conflict, proliferation and accessability of New Media have played havoc with traditional notions of informing, shaping, and swaying public opinion. Two case studies recount the role of new media in recent conflicts waged by Israel. There are marked differences in the way the Israeli Defense Forces handled the media in the Hezbollah conflict during the summer of 2006 and in the Gaza incursion at the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009. The two instances suggest 'best practices' that the U.S. military could adopt when dealing with new media and its role on the battlefield.

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