The Israeli army has tasked a special section of its planning division with fighting the “delegitimisation” campaign against Israel during times of war.
Israel's senior military analyst, Ron Ben Yishai, reports today that in order to deal with the “campaign of delegitimsation” being waged against Israel by Palestinians and radical activists, the Israeli army has tasked its planning division's military diplomacy section with fighting this campaign during times of combat.
This hasbara work will be conducted by the military's planning division, separate from and in addition to the military spokesperson's office
Ben Yishai rails against “the scandalous reality that the IDF must also take care of what the foreign ministry is supposed to do”, suggesting that the foreign ministry, rendered irrelevant by years under Avigdor Lieberman and Netanyahu's meddling, is incapable of the task.
“The decreasing legitimacy the world provides us to use the full extent of IDF force to protect ourselves is an escalating security-diplomatic threat, which the current government must deal with primarily through diplomatic channels. The scandalous reality is that the IDF must take care of what the foreign ministry is supposed to do. Luckily, the defence ministry succeeded in preserving an essential umbilical cord of cooperation and dialogue with the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other intelligence agencies in Washington.”