The pattern of Israeli/Palestinian conflicts is always forced by coverage into what people call a ‘narrative arc’. The attacks are usually started by Palestinians. They are briefly condemned across the world, but in terms which allow the Israeli response later to be characterised as ‘overreaction’. Thus a sighing Lyse Doucet, for the BBC, edging away from the utter barbarity of the Hamas attacks, said on Tuesday that ‘the rules [of war] are being broken [by Israel in Gaza] in ways they have never seen before’.
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