Rachel Shabi in the Guardian points out the role of Israel’s recently-created National Information Directorate in the portrayal of the conflict in Gaza. The Directorate was set up after an inquiry in to the second Lebanon war in 2006, with the aim of co-ordinating the message going out to international media.
But propaganda and censorship could yet backfire. Robert Fisk is critical of the IDF’s barring of foreign journalists from Gaza. When the Israelis did this in 2000, exaggerated claims of a massacre in Jenin emerged, without the possibility of verification by independent reporters.