The media's role in Hamas' war strategy
Richard Landes has written a seminal piece on the media's role in Hamas' war strateg
y. It's required reading.
According to its critics, Hamas’ war strategy works like this:
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No matter what the Israeli response, the Hamas strategy is win-win.
If the Israelis abort a strike to avoid civilian casualties (as they often do), then Hamas is spared the blow; if an Israeli strike causes civilian casualties, Hamas has dead babies
to parade before the cameras. And eventually, the bloodletting will get
so bad, the pictures so damning, that Israel will stop. Hamas’ endgame
goals, at least at this stage of its asymmetrical war, are actually
threefold: tie Israel down with constraints on its use of power, delegitimize and demonize it in the eyes of the world, and stir an aggressive “Muslim Street” in the West, where genocidal chants can lead to pogroms against the Jews worldwide.
- Episodically attack Israel’s civilians in such as way as to provoke a counter-attack.
- Hide behind Palestinian civilians (preferably in crowded
neighborhoods, schools, and hospitals), while encouraging them, even
forcing them, to stay, guaranteeing that the return fire wounds or kills
civilians and damages civilian structures.
- Encourage the Western news media to play up the civilian suffering, play down Hamas’ role in it, and accuse Israel.
- Conjure a firestorm of outrage around the world that eventually pressures Israel into desisting from counteroffensive measures.
- Survive to reap the propaganda victory and prepare the next round of hostilities.
- Repeat, with each exchange hurting Israel more, and each round of
international news coverage further savaging the Jewish State’s
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