As the recent conflict between Israel and terrorist organisations in Gaza escalated, I was sitting in a hotel in Jerusalem, keeping ears peeled for the next potential rocket siren. I've continuously argued, publicly and privately, that the real tragedy of this conflict is that of the Palestinian people who are oppressed and used as human shields by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others, and that of Israeli civilians who are equally targeted.
To look at the conflict from a different angle, though, it is understandable why Israel has thus far commanded the respect and support of Western leaders and indeed, broadly speaking, the international media. I don't mean to say that they media has been toeing Israel's line. I mean that this time, as opposed to 2008-9, major outlets have been more receptive to Israel's predicament, with a more balanced approach to reporting.