‘La bataille de l’opinion.” Hélène Sallon’s sentence in the French daily Le Monde could summarize Europe’s reactions in social (or perhaps anti-social) media of the tragic killings of Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah.

The battle of opinions was being fought on all sides in the media arena. A selection of questions from an ocean of opinion: Could this possibly lead to an escalation of the conflict? What long-term effects does this have on the peace talks? Does this mean that Israel will invade the West Bank? The French president and the British prime minister condemned the kidnappings with the strongest political vocabulary possible: François Hollande called it a “cowardly murder.” David Cameron spoke of an “appalling and inexcusable act of terrorism.”

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