JERUSALEM — Israel’s bruising war on the Islamic militants who control Gaza has moved online, where sites such as YouTube and Facebook are the new battlegrounds.
Israel posted video of its attacks on militants firing rockets over the past five days on a new YouTube channel to try to show the world the threat against it.
Supporters of Gaza’s Hamas rulers, meanwhile, have posted images of the devastating Israeli offensive on both YouTube and Facebook and on blogs, uploading images of the carnage and suffering in the tiny seaside territory.
The militants themselves regularly update their Web sites in Arabic and English. In addition, they broadcast images of masked, uniformed fighters on Hamas TV, which was bombed by Israeli warplanes but continues to broadcast from a mobile unit.
“The blogosphere and the new media are basically a war zone” in a battle for world opinion, an Israeli military spokesman, Maj. Avital Leibovich, said Wednesday.