PR technique: Rewrite the past, misevaluate the present - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Gurion
    • 02.08.06 | 03:02 (IDT)

    "[Olmert] said he had never promised the Israeli people that the offensive would destroy all Hezbollah's missiles, but said the threat from the Shi'ite group had been massively reduced..the success of the fight 'cannot be measured by the number or range of the rockets fired at us'." - Haaretz Olmert did promise to "dismantle" Hizballah. This means eliminating the missile threat in its entirety. He didn't need to use the phrase of "destroy all missiles", which would have been superfluous. The lesson from Yom Kippur is that it is important to see how the enemy looks at the result of the war. The Egyptians considered it a victory to have been able to cross the Canal, even if they actually lost the war in a military sense. Olmert should realize that being able to launch thousands of missiles against Israel is bound to make Hizballah a heroic organization in Arab eyes. Such a perception has consequences.

    from the article: ANALYSIS: Giving the war an image of victory, not a draw
    First published 00:00 01.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 01.08.06
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