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The Israel Project launched an advertising campaign highlighting rocket attacks on Israel’s south. The 220 spots by the nonprofit group, which promotes Israel’s image in the media, will run on cable news channels and target national opinion leaders during an intense political season. They will be seen only in the Washington-area market.

The ads started Jan. 24, were shown Monday night around the State of the Union address and will appear through Feb. 5, or Super Tuesday, when viewers will be watching returns from presidential primaries and caucuses in 24 states. The 30-second ads on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel highlight the 4,000 attacks on the city of Sderot and elsewhere since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Israel has received critical media coverage for its recent blockade of Gaza. The blockade, which Palestinians blame for privations in the strip, is aimed at ending the rocket attacks.

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