-“ISRAEL has lost the battle for public opinion in the west.”

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

JANUARY 19, 2011 – Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996…Her book Londonistan was published in the US and UK in 2006 and immediately became a best-seller. Updated paperback editions were published in 2007. Her latest book, The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth and Power is published by Encounter, April 2010.

In her recent article. “The challenge of public diplomacy vis-a-vis the delegitimisation of Israel” and in her address to the Ariel Conference on Law and Mass Media, 30 December 2010, this is what, in part, she had to say:

As we all know by now, Israel has lost the battle for public opinion in the west. Even the Israel government is now acknowledging this fact. Israel and its defenders have been outclassed and outmanoeuvred in a war of the mind being waged on a battleground it never even acknowledged it was on.

Calls for more and better hasbara, however, are meaningless if the message or narrative promoted by Israel and its defenders misses the point of the attack being waged upon it. And it does miss that point, by a mile.

You cannot resist or overcome a threat unless you first understand its nature.

On a recent visit to Israel, she had this to say on Israeli TV. Click on the following image.

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