The IDF gives Hamas leadership a heads-up on Twitter
posted at 2:37 pm on November 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
The 21st century is certainly rather amazing, isn’t it? Fifteen years ago, who would have guessed that the Israeli Defense Force would send out a heads-up to Hamas leadership to keep their heads low during a military incursion into Gaza:
The Hill finds it a little unusual, too:
Israel’s Defense Forces turned to Twitter to confirm that an official military campaign was in progress in Gaza on Thursday and continued to send out updates, including the news that Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari had been killed in what a tweet called a “pinpoint strike.”
The official IDF Twitter account blasted out the news before a press conference was held, ensuring that Israeli leadership controlled how people heard the news. The tweet also represented the release of a video of the strike itself hosted on YouTube. The black and white video offers a first person, birds-eye view of an exploding car that reportedly contained Jabari.
The military operation came in response to several days of rocket attacks from Gaza positions. Israel appears united in action as President Shimon Peres stated — on Facebook:
Peres’s statement to Obama was similar to the remarks he posted on his Facebook page, according to multiple Israeli newspapers.
“There are limits to what Israel is able to absorb,” he wrote. “Our intension is not to raise the flames, but already for days, day and night, they are shooting rockets at Israel. Mothers and their children cannot fall asleep.”
Social media — the next battlespace? Certainly for the public-relations battle ….