Press: Paying The Piper

Israel's funding of favorable news is a p.r. fiasco

Israeli spin controllers have their hands full. The government has suffered from a particularly bad public image over the years, thanks to such misadventures as the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the settlement of Israelis in occupied territories, stonewalling on the Middle East peace process and the ironfisted, often brutal, handling of the intifadeh. No wonder the Foreign Ministry launched a public relations campaign about a decade ago intended to package for international consumption upbeat stories on such subjects as Israeli science and medicine. Last week it was revealed that the country's legitimate public relations effort has been paralleled by a covert...