Last week I wrote about GIYUS â€” the â€œonline public diplomacy platform of Israelâ€ as the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Word document) describes itâ€”and the powerful role it can play in shaping the results of online polls and changing the direction of message board discussions.
Yesterday GIYUS sent out an alert about a forum on The Christian Science Monitorâ€™s website. GIYUS appears to have driven a lot of traffic to the discussionâ€“which is titled â€œIsraeli blockade of Gaza: What would you change?â€œâ€“and has inundated the forum with pro-blockade comments.
Comments in favor of the blockade are consistently receiving â€œthumbs upâ€ votes and those in opposition to the blockade, and the IDFâ€™s lethal attack on the flotilla, are getting voted down.
As an example, here is the comment which is currently the most highly ranked.
â€œJohnny Geeâ€ wrote:
I would stress the strongest support as possible for the beleaguered Israelis, who are threatened from every direction and by every mode, including missles [sic], suicide murderers, and of course arms from the sea. Remember, the Israelis are the canary in the coalmine â€“ the real target of the Islamic fundamentalist murderers is the US, Europe, and the world.
â€œSam from Oregonâ€ didnâ€™t have the same appeal to GIYUS users and has found his comment voted to the bottom of the thread.
I would eliminate all US financial and military support to Israel. Israel is not â€œtoo big to failâ€, and if they canâ€™t figure out a way to make nice with their neighbors, then they deserve to fail. The US habit of unconditional support for everything Israeli is the primary cause of middle east unrest. Itâ€™s time for US military adventures to come to an end. Bring home the troops, and use all the money for improving US infrastructure, education, and health care.