One of the things that has infuriated me for years in the roiling battle between Israel and her neighbors is Israel’s utter ineptitude at courting the media. For decades, after ever single “event,” the Palestinians offered dozens of sympathetic people up for interviews with the MSM, while the Israelis offered terse, uninformative commentaries from tight lipped “military spokesmen.” It allowed the Palestinians to gain complete control over the dialog. No matter what was going on on the ground, Israel was steadily losing in the war of ideas.
I’m not the only one, of course, who has noticed this. Michael Phillips has come up with an idea: a simple chart that examines, not the facts of every event, but simply the number of times Hamas and its ilk have been caught in lies. I’m not the only one, by the way, who likes this idea. Michael got over 3,000 extra daily hits from people interested in the concept. It might actually impress the Arabs too: as many have been impressed by Israel’s willingness to go after a corrupt Prime Minister. It can be very useful to separate facts from ideology.