14 thoughts on “Regev’s Annals of Hasbara: World Got Wrong Idea When We Called It Operation ‘Cast Lead’ – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. “And the truth is that the Hebrew name Oferet Yetzuka [referring to Hanukkah dreidels] sounds lovely.” Regev doesn’t seem to recognize the incongruity of affixing a “lovely” name to plans for a military assault.
    One doesn’t want to aid the Israeli government in it’s warfare, so I am not going to say all that I initially wrote in response to this, but instead ask, why are the Israelis so susceptible to errors of this type? One expects greater intelligence from such a technologically advanced society than is demonstrated.

  2. I don’t know what Regev is complaining about.

    When Hamas won the legislative elections the Western Community immediately responded by applying further sanctions. When the Israelis upgraded the Siege of Gaza to a full scale assault the Western Community responded with ringing condemnations along the lines of “Israel has a right to ‘defend‘ itself”.
    And our response to the continued blockade is … um … er …
    Well, I guess it’s just “Keep going Israel”.

    Heck, even Goebbels would have been happy with this result.

    On a more serious note: Regev is a very clever and astute analyst. He has devoted his career to propagandising for Israel but he is clearly worried about the speed with which it is approaching the tipping point of Western opinion and Israel’s apparent obliviousness of the fact.

  3. The names are computer-generated and randomly assigned. And it’s not like Operation Defensive Shield, which followed on hundreds of deaths by terror in Israel, wasn’t followed by the same bad press and allegations of massacre.

    1. Agree. It is remarkably stupid to think that the badly chosen name somehow contributed to the negative image of the campaign. There is absolutely no evidence to this idea. But I guess some people need this to convince themselves that had they only chosen a better name, everything would have been hunky dory. Regev is not alone – Shlomo Avinery, for example, also wrote an editorial in Haaretz calling “to fire the IDF computer”.

    2. it’s not like Operation Defensive Shield, which followed on hundreds of deaths by terror in Israel

      What an unbelievable lie. Wherever do you find any evidence to support this wild bit of hyperbole.

  4. Eurosabra: If one wants to discuss numbers of dead, one needs to include the dead of both polities. One cannot, to any useful purpose, address the dead of only one.

  5. Richard: Btselem and the MFA have cumulative totals, but the total for March, 2002 was 130, and added to the previous months, Israel had indeed suffered “hundreds” of deaths by terror, on the order of two hundred and change.

    Margaret: The scale of killing is consonant with an “armed conflict short of war”, thus it is a perception-driven conflict to a great extent. Certainly the Palestinian naming of “Al-Aqsa Intifada” did not help Israelis’ perception of it, to the extent that it problematized Israeli perceptions of Palestinian militants as waging secular conflict resolvable by normal means of statecraft.

    1. on the order of two hundred and change.

      This is “hundreds?” And can we compare that to how many Palestinian civilians were killed during the same period?

      secular conflict resolvable by normal means of statecraft.

      THis is a political conflict which Israel refuses to resolve by “normal means of statecraft.” Hence the unfortunate resorting of the Palestinians to non violent resistance at first & later to violent resistance.

      1. I’m sure you can find the Palestinian number if you like, I think it was on the order of 500, btselem’s numbers are the closest we’re going to get, and again only aggregate figures.

        It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if negotiations had continued under fire in 2000-1.

  6. They should have called it: “The war to bring an end to Hamas’ war of terror against the civilian population of southern Israel.”
    It’s hard to argue with facts.

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