Propaganda is a specific type of message presentation directly aimed at influencing the opinions of people, rather than impartially providing information.
Today I received an e-mail from a friend, the title was "What Israel is going Through" This email was of a speech given by the Israeli PM after the Quana massacre. It is a very well written and calculated speech, that would definitely draw sympathy towards Israel to the average person who doesn't know the roots of the middle east conflict (ie:most Americans). In it the PM tries to draw world support by instilling fear in other nations. He actually uses the Quana massacre to his advantage, emphasizing how the Israelis don't parade their dead children's body parts on TV and how the Arabs do, in bringing up that point he actually turns the tide around and makes the reader feel that Arabs are savages for showing such photos of their dead children.
Propaganda is like a chess game, and the Israelis have been excelling at it for decades. Sure the Arab media tries the same tactics, but it fails to make its point in a more "Civilized" way, ie: Parading the dead children for example.
The state of Israel has 12 major USA Public Relations companies working for them to make sure they keep a nice peaceful image, I'm sure it never crossed an Arab countries mind to use such a smart tactic. At the end of the email, its says, "if you want to help the world, send this to 20 of your friends, and make sure they send it to 20 more" I must say those Israelis are smart, maybe us Arabs need to take a few pointers from them... This speech is a prime example, its very moving, and again a person who does not know the roots of this conflict would easily be persuaded into joining the pro Israeli camp.
I'd have to give him an A+ for execusion and delivery, but a D- for truth