Words of the Week

A new week, a new set of recent words to share with you:

From David Horovitz, “While Hamas Celebrates, Israel Focuses on Its Security,” The Times of Israel:
“But for now, as it seeks to keep the death toll down, to bring credible protection for its people, and to grapple with the aggressive challenges from Hamas that most of the public certainly underestimated, this country is focused on its key imperative: ensuring that, while Hamas will always claim victory, Israel emerges from this conflict on terms that leave it dependably safer.”

From Maurice Ostroff, “Why Is Gaza Blockaded?” The Jerusalem Post:
“And although facts seem to have lost their importance in the media as well as in politics, intellectual honesty and journalistic ethics should tweak our interest in checking on the roots of the blockade that generates so much righteous indignation among some pseudo human rights NGO’s.”

From Sara Hirschhorn,“Debating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Demands Empathy, Not Just History,” Jewcy.com
“But in those few moments when people—especially those who are perhaps not involved or ideologically committed—plead with you to proceed, to continue the authentic multi-dimensional discussion, or even to begin to redefine what Israel and Zionism mean to our generation, how can I give up? Online engagement is one important component of that precious opportunity to be a Jewish and Zionist leader—it’s a mission I won’t pass up.”

From Rabbi Peter Kessler, Ohev Sholom Temple:
“I’m not sure how to convince the New York Times to accurately portray the violence in Gaza. Maybe one photograph showing the actual location of those rockets aimed at Israel, or a photo of the Gazans being transported to Israeli hospitals or the tons of food, water,and medical supplies that Israel sends to Gaza every day. Maybe that’s not news to the New York Times…maybe it doesn’t sell newspapers…I don’t know.”

From Jodie Shupac, Canadian Jewish News:
“But for an Israeli child or adult with an intellectual disability, or for an elderly person and his or her family, retreating to safety in time can be simply debilitating.”

From Barak Ravid, “Kerry’s Latest Cease-fire Plan: What Was He Thinking?”-Haaretz
“Kerry isn’t anti-Israeli; on the contrary, he’s a true friend to Israel. But his conduct in recent days over the Gaza cease-fire raises serious doubts over his judgment and perception of regional events. It’s as if he isn’t the foreign minister of the world’s most powerful nation, but an alien, who just disembarked his spaceship in the Mideast.”