The outcome of the war is in our hands; the outcome of words is in the council.
Homer (800 BC - 700 BC), The Iliad
I am admittedly entering an area that I know rather little about, but from my perspective Israel is losing the public relations war on this battle in Gaza with Hamas.
If Canada or Mexico were firing rockets into Seattle or San Diego one or the other would eventually become the 51st state and the United States would not have exhibited the patience Israel did.
Now Israel is returning fire far more fiercely and everyone seems to be up in arms. The Palestinians are pointing out all the innocent victims to Israel’s bombing attacks, but the terrorists are hiding behind the citizens and jeopardizing the lives of these civilians.
These tactics need to be publicly called out continually and the United Nations and other countries need to specifically consider such cowardly tactics as crimes against humanity.
Update from the publication "PRWeek:"
Israel boosts efforts for support of Gaza attacks
December 30 2008
NEW YORK: The Israeli government and consulate in New York launched a series of outreach efforts to garner support for Israel's military operation in Gaza that began December 27. It is working to communicate its position against Hamas, which ended the ceasefire on December 19. Hamas is considered to be a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department.
“Our message is that Israel right now is under attack,” said David Saranga, consul for media and public affairs at the Israeli Consulate in New York. “People of Israel... have been under daily missile attack on part of the terror organization of Hamas.”