| The Israeli Consulate in New York launched an online video blog. |
Web site, which went live Thursday, will allow Israelis and visitors to
Israel to post videos about life in the Jewish state, and will allow
others to comment on them.
The site, www.israelvideoblog.org,
is an effort to highlight a side of Israel not often seen in the
mainstream press to an English-speaking audience, the consulate says.
"This is a great platform to bypass the conventional media which are
mostly, if not only, concentrated on the conflict and do not represent
the real situation in Israel," said David Saranga, consul for media and
public affairs at the New York consulate.
Videos can be posted
in sections relating to food, inventions, music, science and wine. The
consulate, which says it's the first time a government has sponsored a
video blog, sees it as a high-tech PR tool.
The site received more than 100,000 hits on its first day.