December 30th, 2008
10:55 AM ET

Israeli army creates its own YouTube channel

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Max Socol
The Jerusalem Post

In the midst of its Gaza operations, the IDF is entering yet another conflict zone: the Internet. The Israeli army announced yesterday the creation of its own YouTube channel, through which it will disseminate footage of precision bombing operations in the Gaza Strip, as well as aid distribution and other footage of interest to the international community.

"The blogosphere and new media are another war zone," said IDF Foreign Press Branch head Maj. Avital Leibovich. "We have to be relevant there."

Her sentiment reflects a growing awareness in the Israeli government that part of the failure of the 2006 Second Lebanon War was Israel's lack of readiness for the intense media debate surrounding its operations.


Filed under: Global 360° • Israel • Palestine
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    I looked at some of the videos – seeing the things going on certainly makes a larger impact than just reading about it. I hope Israel keeps posting to its youtube site.

    December 30, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  2. Maria

    I think the vlog idea is great

    December 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  3. Heather,ca

    I think its smart. With all the technology available on the internet and all the websites its important for them to be using it.

    December 30, 2008 at 11:41 am |