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Why We Need to Tell More Personal Stories About Israel in The Face of Anti-Israel Propaganda: A Fireside Chat with Hananya Naftali, Social Media Influencer

by Robert Walker

Day in and day out, anti-Israel activists, whether on campus, on social media, or on the pages of daily newspapers, seek to defame Israel.

And it seems that despite the herculean efforts of the Jewish and pro-Israel world to fight back, there’s still an important voice missing: personal stories.

Hananya Naftali is one of the world’s most recognized personal stories. A young Israeli, formerly having worked for former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Naftali is a powerhouse on social media, with nearly two million followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where he calls himself “that Israeli who talks to the camera about peace in the Middle East.”

In this week’s episode of The Honest Report podcast, we sit down with Hananya for his thoughts on how anti-Israel activists have been successful at marshaling storytelling for their cause, and why telling the truth about Israel can’t just be about rattling off facts, but about making it personal.

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