EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: An Israeli voice in Arabic was entirely missing during the recent confrontations along the Gaza Strip-Israel border. The media spectrum visible to Palestinians is controlled by Aljazeera as well as Palestinian radio and TV propaganda and indoctrination broadcasts. The Israeli State Comptroller has severely criticized this shortcoming and urged the government to fill the gap, noting that Israel consistently fails to produce an Israeli official broadcast to targeted audiences in Arabic – not even during crises like Operation Cast Lead. Israel must correct this failing in order to deliver direct messages to Palestinian audiences, as well as to function as a psy-op tool.
The recent tensions on the Gaza Strip-Israel border were the result of an organized protest initiated by the Hamas administration. It was not a spontaneous popular response to a deep humanitarian crisis or miserable life conditions.
Hamas, the terror organization that forcibly gained control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 and pushed out the PA, manipulates the Palestinian civilian population. It indoctrinates them and glorifies the “right of return,” the Palestinian euphemism for Israel’s destruction through demographic subversion, which was the main slogan of the demonstrations along the border with Israel.