VIDEO - While Israel
Defense Forces soldiers are fighting brutal battles in the villages of southern Lebanon,
the army is also fighting a fierce PR war against Hizbullah
leader Hassan Nasrallah.
The IDF took over the airwaves of Hizbullah's al-Manar television network as it showed Nasrallah's last speech
and replaced the broadcast with propaganda footage. The video showed the bodies of Hizbullah operatives and asserted that fighters were fleeing from the battlegrounds.
Since the beginning of fighting in Lebanon the IDF has briefly taken control of the airwaves of al-Manar, Radio Nour, and Radio Sawt Al-Shab (the radio station of the communist party, which identifies with Hizbullah) to relay Israeli messages aimed at boosting deterrence, demoralizing Hizbullah and presenting Nasrallah as a liar and incapable leader.
|Propaganda films on al-Manar (Video: IDF Spokesperson's Office)|
Clips broadcast on al-Manar made use of motifs taken from the world of Lebanon and Hizbullah, including quotes from Nasrallah.
The IDF has only assumed control of ground transmissions via regular antennae; satellite broadcasts were uninterrupted.
Like everything in the IDF, there was a three-part explanation supporting the take-over of Hizbullah media:
1. Use of the organization's own platforms to broadcast Israel 's messages
2. Creating the sense that the organization is "penetrable" and that Israel has powerful capabilities
3. Damaging the organization's abilities for set periods of time, and using the media as part of the war on to access the consciousness of the Lebanese community.
The propaganda videos expose Nasrallah's lies regarding the number of casualties the organization has suffered in fighting against Israel.
Likewise, a clip was produced showing "the escape legend" of Hizbullah fighters in battles in the south and in Baalbeck, weighed against a letter Hizbullah operatives sent to Nasrallah which he presented as a "Letter of the brave."
In addition, the clip shows Israeli commando activities in Baalbek, as well as the report on the IDF take-over of al-Manar in a Lebanese newspaper.
The IDF broadcasts the programs twice daily at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.