I have noticed some of the ways in which the current Israeli administration has subtly tried to “humanize” its image. This article is an example: three pretty “soldiers.” I have noticed that almost all the stock photos of IDF soldiers now show pretty young women. They’ve learned this from American industrial advertising and public relations, where a company with an image problem always uses a female spokesperson.
Another semantic trick was referring constantly to the captured soldier (Shalit?) as having been “kidnapped.” He wasn’t the Lindbergh baby, he was a soldier.
Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered. There is a difference.