Sunday, August 31, 2014

INFORMATION IS A STRATEGY OF WAR ON THE BATTLEGROUND OF THE MIND, AND A STRATEGY THAT HAS BEEN USED TO ENORMOUS EFFECT AGAINST ISRAEL, AND AGAINST WHICH ISRAEL DOESN’T EVEN SEEM TO KNOW THAT IT IS FIGHTING.”


Melanie Phillips: 
Referring to Israel as a “life-affirming place of hope where Jews are not on their knees but are fighting for the defense of civilization against barbarism,” Ms. Phillips noted how, in the discourse surrounding the Gaza conflict, anti-Israel attitudes had morphed into overt anti-Judaism in a “tsunami of bigotry and hatred.”
Using the UK as a case study, Ms. Phillips addressed the prejudiced attitudes towards Israel from both Muslims and left-wingers and so-called liberals before criticizing the UK Jewish community for failing to respond adequately and preferring to keep their heads down.
SHE ALSO CRITICIZED ISRAEL’S FAILURE “TO GRASP THAT INFORMATION IS A STRATEGY OF WAR ON THE BATTLEGROUND OF THE MIND, AND A STRATEGY THAT HAS BEEN USED TO ENORMOUS EFFECT AGAINST ISRAEL, AND AGAINST WHICH IT DOESN’T EVEN SEEM TO KNOW THAT IT IS FIGHTING.”
Israel needs a new strategic vision. It needs to have a strategy to combat the psychological warfare strategy being deployed by the enemy and having been deployed so effectively against Israel for around four decades now.
Ms. Phillips stated that Israel needs to reframe the entire narrative about the Middle East, firstly by educating the uneducated through teaching the history of the Jewish people and Israel, through exposing the Muslim and Arab anti-Semitism so prevalent even among so-called moderates in the Middle East, and to position Israel at the forefront of the global battle for civilization by reclaiming the word Zionist for the moral high ground where it belongs.
She stressed that Zionism is an integral part of Judaism and to be hostile to Israel or Zionism is to be hostile to Judaism.
Israel should delegitimize the delegitimizers by calling the United Nations to account, particularly UNRWA’s relationship with Hamas and the credibility of the UN Human Rights Council as a mechanism for empowering dictators and rogue states.
Ms. Phillips also urged Israel to hold its allies to account for their silence in the face of years of demonization and delegitimization and the constant incitement against Israel and Jews.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKosCIScvO4#t=2154