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Just a couple of articles that got me thinking today.

The effective use of propaganda

Much of Dr Luntz's advice is about the tone and presentation of the Israeli case. He says it is absolutely crucial to exude empathy for Palestinians: "Persuadables [sic] won't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Show Empathy for BOTH sides!" This may explain why a number of Israeli spokesman are almost lachrymose about the plight of Palestinians being pounded by Israeli bombs and shells.
The marginalization of those wanting peace
According to Tamar Hermann, author of The Israeli Peace Movement: A Shattered Dream, the decline of the Israeli peace camp began in the aftermath of the 1993 Oslo accords.

"Most people felt the government was now taking care of the matter: they could do other things," she said. "And when they realised Oslo wasn't working, they still didn't want to protest for fear they would inadvertently be joining forces with the [anti-Oslo] rightwing."

And a sentence that could be used by anyone, but in this case by a Palestinian teacher
"People see me as the enemy. Every day, they point the finger at me. They judge me because I am Arab, no matter what I think or do."
To my mind, but perhaps I am wrong; peace is being held hostage by extremes, any chance of an accord working has been steadily and nefariously undermined by a minority on both sides to such an extent that the majority has become resigned to their dystopian reality.

The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those "who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel".

On every occasion, the presentation of events by Israeli spokesmen is geared to giving Americans and Europeans the impression that Israel wants peace with the Palestinians and is prepared to compromise to achieve this, when all the evidence is that it does not. Though it was not intended as such, few more revealing studies have been written about modern Israel in times of war and peace.
I suggest you have a read through The Israel Project’s 2009 GLOBAL LANGUAGE DICTIONARY, oh and by the way the capitalization is Dr Luntz's own.

From the forward Dr Luntz makes it absolutely clear that this is pure propaganda:

And remember, it’s not what you say that counts.  It’s what people hear.
    Dr. Frank Luntz
       April 2009  
Now compare it to what you are hearing 24/7

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  •  Thanks LaFem (3+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista, Portlaw, poco

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 02:21:52 AM PDT

  •  People also need to be asked to define (19+ / 0-)

    their understanding of 'peace'.

    On every occasion, the presentation of events by Israeli spokesmen is geared to giving Americans and Europeans the impression that Israel wants peace with the Palestinians
    The 'peace' which the speaker/writer envisions may be very different from the 'peace' the listener/reader envisions.

    There are quite a few villages and towns under ISIS(IS) control in Syria which could be considered to be very 'peaceful' by someone who happened to see them.

    But they are not 'peaceful' in the sense that I understand the word to mean.  

    The world is bad enough as it is, you have no right to make it any worse.
    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 02:22:02 AM PDT

  •  the propaganda one-liners are ludicrous (14+ / 0-)

    Israel has the right to defend itself
    if Hamas stopped the rockets there would be peace
    Israel is facing existential threats
    if you're opposed to Israeli policy, it is because you're antisemitic
    if you criticize Israeli policy you're a Hamas-lover

    when taken as abstract without context these interminably repeated one-liners do sound remotely cogent

    but when placed in the context of what Gaza is: an open-air prison for 1.8 million refugees and descendants of refugees forced out of Mandate Palestine, repeatedly blockaded, controlled, starved, regularly bombed on a seeming biannial basis

    and when placed in the context of what is still being done in the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank: the endless humiliations, the destruction of groves and other farms, the stealing of water, the thieving of land, the expansion of illegal settlements, roads for one ethnic group only, the squeezing of Palestinians into smaller and smaller confinements, and so on

    then you immediately recognize these eternally repeated  propaganda bi-lines for what they are - disingenuous crap meant to distract from the intrinsic injustice of what is in effect an ethnocratic colonialist project violently occupying and oppressing an indigenous population

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 03:09:30 AM PDT

    •  I've seen many more people here called "racist" (0+ / 0-)

      for espousing a pro-Israel view than people called "anti-semitic" for criticizing Israeli policy.

    •  Comment from a mother who lost a daughter (0+ / 0-)

      A Speech to Women in Black by Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan

      (Dr. Peled-Elhanan lost her daughter to a suicide bomber.)

      The Philistines are those who - for more than 40 years - have been sending children to their death. Children in uniform and children without uniform, children with guns and children with Molotov cocktails, children of Israeli commandos, and children of Palestinian guerrilla. And all this to satisfy the murderous ambitions of the Philistines and their greed for land that is not theirs.
      ---from a site called The Struggle

      War is costly. Peace is priceless!

      by frostbite on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 05:31:06 PM PDT

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  •  Peace, I've decided, is the current euphemism (12+ / 0-)

    for pacification, coerced stagnation. Which means that peace, like freedom, is not an ab initio condition, but one that is achieved via the use of force. Threats, which is what economic sanctions are, are just a milder form, for which there is usually an active predicate in the past.

    German has a sentence that encapsulates the stance nicely:

    "Kommst Du nicht willing, dann brauch Ich Gewalt."

    Translated loosely it says, "if you're not compliant, I'll have to use force." In other words, the use of force is blamed on the reluctance of an individual to obey. It presumes that obedience is good, even when it is coerced. But, in reality, obedience, like all other virtues (chastity, charity, creativity), turns into vice when it is coerced. The use of force, whether direct or indirect (threats and propaganda and lying), is the essence of evil. It was the snake in the garden that lied. Eve believed him and got herself and Adam banished in the expectation that the difference between good and evil would be kept in mind. But deception keeps cropping up. It's a very primitive behavior. Even members of the plant kingdome engage in it.

    •  Very much so, peace through opression never ends (12+ / 0-)

      in peace.

      "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

      by LaFeminista on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 03:39:18 AM PDT

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    •  greetings from germany hannah (8+ / 0-)

      actually it goes like
      " und bist du nicht willig, dann brauch Ich Gewalt."
      from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Erlkönig"
      "and if you do not obey, I will use force"
      not really important
      but i read allot of your comments with great intrest,
      allthough my english, is sometimes not really
      up to the content of some phrase's in your posts.
      but there is leo( i learned allot. Thanks for that ;D
      So i had to take my chance.

      •  Well, your English is better than my German (1+ / 0-)
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        would be were I to try to write.
        However, whatever the literary source, my mother used "kommst" rather than "bist," perhaps because her preference was always to have both herself and her orders followed.

        "bist" is likely more consistent with the conservative preference for being, rather than doing or going or coming or any other action. Perhaps "to be willing" is not as onerous as it might be, since it involves no action. But, as an active person, I've always considered "to be or not to be" a really stupid conundrum, albeit obviously characteristic of a large segment of the human population.
        Many people just are and that's the beginning and end of it. No doing anything and not going anywhere.

        •  thanks for the reply (0+ / 0-)

          when you are useing it in a normal conversation,
          the original sound's very old german,
          nobody talks like that anymore actually.
          but if i am allowed to guess your moms "kommscht"
          sound a bit like south germany schwaben.

  •  I am afraid that both sides are committed to (3+ / 0-)
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    continuing violence.  There is too much at stake for them personally for them to embrace peace.  We have already seen the war fever run rampant in this country following 9/11 so that it was important to kill someone, anyone, no matter who was to blame.

  •  glad to hear more of this (4+ / 0-)

    thank you for your post - passions get so inflamed when it comes to Israel and Palestine, particularly when the killing reaches the levels it's at now, that it becomes so easy for people to entrench on one end of the spectrum or another.

    "You know who I’m talking about: those for whom Israel is always wrong or Israel is always right; those who view the Palestinians as helpless victims or incorrigible terrorists; those who think the occupation is the root of all evil and those who deny its very existence; those who see only evil on other side but come up pure and lily-white when they look at themselves in the mirror." - Chemi Shalev, in the West of Eden blog on Haaretz


    •  H L Mencken (6+ / 0-)

      "It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull."
      Prejudices, Second Series (1920) Ch. 1

    •  You mean when there are 1,139 deaths on (6+ / 0-)

      one side vs. 45 deaths on the other, and when 75% of those 1,139 deaths are non-combatants? I'm not going to apologize for being vehement that, when 75% of deaths are civilian, there is something evil at work. Nuanced solutions and analysis are important, but the idea that it takes two to tango- so why hold anyone accountable- is troubling to me. I'm sure you mean well, but I fundamentally disagree.

      I also don't think that anyone here has been entrenched on one side or another. That's not what I've seen in recommended diaries. What I've seen is well-informed commentary that takes the side of peace. Peace is not the exclusive provenance of Israel or Palestine.

  •  I Don't Understand the Term "Both Sides." (3+ / 0-)
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    American politics has two sides. It has two major parties, similarly organized, similarly supported, similarly entitled in resource and action and voice.

    That's not true at the east end of the Mediterranean. In the fighting there is not two sides, there is one nation state and a lot of scattered disorganized people.

    There is one side and one cloud.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 05:50:32 AM PDT

  •  Mainly it seems that the pattern is (5+ / 0-)
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    "I deeply sympathize with the Palestinian's such a shame Hamas [makes Israel bomb houses, schools, mosques, hospitals] puts weapons in their houses, schools, mosques, hospitals."

    See how that works?

    In the slightly nastier version, it's "I sympathize with the Palestinian people. It's such a shame they elected Hamas."

    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame/Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name/Mother of Exiles.

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 06:31:40 AM PDT

  •  unfortunately for Dr. Luntz (2+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista, a2nite

    he's going to find that a picture is worth a thousand words.

    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame/Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name/Mother of Exiles.

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 06:35:53 AM PDT

  •  held my nose and watched (6+ / 0-)

    Netanyahu on Meet the Press just now. Man. Is there a word for "lie" that means more like "just making shit up"? oh right, "propaganda".

    If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

    by Lady Libertine on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 07:40:27 AM PDT

  •  Well, this is a fine piece of bullshit ... (7+ / 0-)

    propaganda from the good doctor himself, Frank Luntz.

    World view is especially important to the Left as they see a world where basically all people are good and with education and communication we can all get along. This is stark contrast to most conservatives who believe that there are good people (i.e. Israel) and bad people (i.e. Iran) and that good people need to be protected from the bad people - The Israel Project
    Yep, words do matter, Frank. Your attempt at a solution first requires a deeper understanding of the problem, and on that account, you have failed.

    If music be the food of love, then laughter is its queen, and likewise, if behind is in front, then dirt in truth is clean.

    by glb3 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 08:10:34 AM PDT

    •  Proganda relies on simplicity because if it is (8+ / 0-)

      subjected to intellectual analysis it falls flat as a pancake.

      "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

      by LaFeminista on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 08:15:24 AM PDT

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      •  Simple, right? (3+ / 0-)
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        If the Palestinians stopped terror, Israel would have no reason for curfews, fences, checkpoints, and other defensive measures. - The Israel Project

        If music be the food of love, then laughter is its queen, and likewise, if behind is in front, then dirt in truth is clean.

        by glb3 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 08:39:48 AM PDT

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    •  Then, Luntz follows it up his declarative ... (1+ / 0-)
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      statement about the Left, Iran, and Israel with this:

      Never, never, NEVER speak in declarative statements. Never.
      Americans and Europeans think in shades of gray
      Sure they do, sure they do.

      ...friggin' genius!

      If music be the food of love, then laughter is its queen, and likewise, if behind is in front, then dirt in truth is clean.

      by glb3 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 08:51:55 AM PDT

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