It seems that nobody has determined who killed the teenagers or why. Oh, and between the three deaths and the 650 Palestinian deaths [and thousands of woundings], Israel used gestapo tactics to jail hundreds more Palestinians, killing ten or so in the round-up, which inspired some other Palestinians to launch a few useless rockets in anger.
All the same, the "Gaza Conflict" of summer 2014 I view mostly with indifference. I don't support either side, and see it as senseless and a bit tiring (this happens so often). What does Respectable Opinion say?
(top) Hamas' actions are understandable
(bottom) Hamas' actions not understandable
(left) Israel's response is disproportionate
(right) Israel must respond in this way
Top-right quadrant: "Everybody's right".
Bottom-right: "Pro-Israel" (Israel justified, Hamas not)
Bottom-left: "Everybody's wrong."
Top-left: Pro-Palestinian (Hamas justified, Israel not).
The icons represent different newspapers' editorial opinions during the July 2014 crisis:
Predictably, all three German newspapers in the survey are on the "Israel is Right and the Palestinians are Wrong" side (bottom right quadrant). (It's hard to imagine anyone in today's Germany, other than marginal political radicals [or Muslim immigrants], offering any criticism of Israel.)
I expect all/most U.S. newspapers would be "Israel is Right, Palestinians are Wrong", too. This is the default opinion in the USA. We regularly see movies telling us how heroically persecuted Jews are, so that's a part of it. There is something more going on, though, I think. "Israel is our only ally in the Middle East, surrounded by hostile enemies". That's what they say. This image creates a subconscious and powerful "civilizational nostalgia" for eight or nine hundred years ago or so. The Crusader Era. Crusader kingdoms that our ancestors set up in the 1100s-1200s AD in the very same place. Hey, the comparison is there to be made.