The Israeli-Hezbollah war of 2006: the media as a weapon in asymmetrical conflict.

Kalb, M. & Saivetz, C. (2007). The Israeli-Hezbollah war of 2006: the media as a weapon in asymmetrical conflict. The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 12(3), pp. 43-66.

Kalb and Saivetz (2006) did research about the intense covering of what seems a side issue of the Israeli Palestinian conflict; the Israeli-Hezbollah war. It is interesting to see how these authors emphasis the journalistic aspect of this war. They suggest that in the future war will be more about what they call an ‘information battlefield’. The role of journalists has dramatically changed towards a player in conflicts. Especially for journalist in the United Nations and Europe will this be the case. Therefore are the assumptions made by the authors relevant for my research about the Western press. This article gives also a broader insight in Israel’s role in conflicts in the Middle East. Thereby, the research looks at Western and Arabic journalist and how they covered the war. Finally, a link is being made by looking how the media coverage infects the objectivity of news. I found this research especially interesting, because it shows that not all coverage is in favour of Israel. Moreover, it looks critically at the future of war journalism.