Attack When the World is Not Watching?

Attack When the World is Not Watching?

Ruben Durante presents evidence that policy makers may strategically time unpopular measures - including military action - to coincide with other newsworthy events that distract the media and the public. Combining daily data on attacks on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with data on the content of evening news for top U.S. TV networks, he argues that Israeli attacks are more likely to be carried out when U.S. news are expected to be dominated by important (non-Israel-or-Palestine related) events on the following day.