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Regev: Israel blew Lebanon war coverage

Israel should have let more journalists “embed” with its forces during the Lebanon war, its former chief military spokeswoman said.

Miri Regev’s testimony was published Monday by the Winograd Commission looking into the 2006 war with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Regev, asked what mistakes had been made on a public relations level during the 34 days of fighting, said she regretted keeping most reporters out of the combat zones until late in the war.

“Had they been allowed to enter, the reporters would have informed the public of the IDF’s achievements, of
the battles and would have fostered a sense of solidarity,” Regev said.

Regev, who stepped down shortly after the war, said Israel should establish a media academy where its top military brass would learn how to present their stories to the world.

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