In the Irish Times, David Adams asks why the West turned a blind eye until Israel hit back. Excerpt:
After not having informed the public of thousands of Hamas terrorist attacks over the previous years, television news simply continued in the same vein, content from December 27th to present the Israeli offensive as though it had come entirely out of the blue.
It was only towards the end of the first week that the rocket attacks finally did begin to get a mention, but only in the context of a comparative headcount of the dead and injured on either side to stress how “disproportionate” was the Israeli response.
By then it hardly mattered: the damage was done, the Israelis had already been painted as the bloodthirsty villains of the piece.