Tasteless? Tacky? Israel’s Aggressive Online Advocacy Faces Backlash

To its credit, this time around, Israel has learned from past mistakes on the media front. However, now, it is blamed for making its case too aggressively.

Israel used to be painfully behind the curve when it came to using the Internet in its efforts to influence world opinion. It took devastatingly bad experiences and international image battering during both the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead, for the Israeli government bureaucracy to realize that the era of controlling public information in wartime was dead and gone.