Here is a selection of stories that have appeared in recent days in Israeli newspapers Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post that have been missed by local newspapers in Melbourne:-
WOMAN, CHILD KILLED IN GAZA HOUSE BLAST
MINISTER MAJADELE: ISRAEL IS READY TO RETURN GOLAN FOR PEACE
PALESTINIANS SET FIRE TO WEST BANK SYNAGOGUE FOR SECOND TIME
EXPERTS: SYRIA CLEARED SITE HIT BY IAF, APPARENTLY TO HIDE EVIDENCE
That's not to mention the ongoing missile attacks by Palestinian terror groups on Israeli homes, schools and places of worship on the other side of its border with Gaza, the occupation of which it ended more than two years ago.
You might well ask where, for example is the Fairfax Jerusalem Bureau chief Ed O'Loughlin who has achieved fame for highlighting allegations of brutality by Israel against Palestinians and the excesses of its occupation of the West Bank and previously Gaza (although he writes as if Israel has special responsibilities to the Gazans even whilst its own citizens are under fire)? Why has he gone missing this week?
Surely, if one has been invested with the task of providing readers with a proper coverage of the news from the region, one would regularly mention the deeds of the terrorist groups that are devoted to Israel's destruction and the killing of Jews? Why is such news routinely airbrushed out of existence along with that of the obscenity that passes for an education system for Palestinian children or the xenophobia, anti-Semitism and the violence of the power struggles among the Palestinian factions and the death that they bring to their own people?
O'Loughlin's style is reminiscent of the vampire that only comes out when it wants to draw blood; in this case when there's some dark spin that can be put out about the Jewish State - when the myth of Israeli intransigence can be pushed alongside tall tales of Arab victimhood and Palestinian innocence.
Rest assured that the fangs will come out when the Israelis and Palestinians get together next month at Annapolis in a meeting set up for the purposes of establishing peace between these two neighbours. Although PA President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded that the result of Annapolis should be predetermined, that all Palestinian demands should be met and, if not, he will "cause the US political difficulties and earthquakes not only in the Palestinian territories, but among US allies throughout the world as well," we all know who will be blamed if the talks fail.