“1,000 flames will not extinguish the love.”
--Words on a sign held by left-winger demonstrating against the right-wing Jews from "Lehava", who
demonstrated outside a wedding of a Jewish woman and an Arab man. Lehava is both a Hebrew word meaning
“flame” and a Hebrew acronym for the organization "Preventing Assimilation in the Holy Land.")**
"Dangerous processes are taking place in Israel. Because of the desperation and anxiety,
nationalism and racism broke out at once. We are losing our home to self-hatred."
--Israeli author David Grossman at a rally Saturday night calling for diplomatic negotiations with the
Palestinians and against racism and incitement against Arab citizens.**
"The relations with the US represent a strategic and economic asset for the citizens of Israel and
this government has succeeded in ruining that."
--Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog breaks his silence over Operation Protective Edge and slams the
Netanyahu government for harming relations with the US.**
"We are being updated from Hamas. Its embarrassing."
--Senior intelligence official tells Ynet that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is keeping cabinet
ministers in the dark about the Cairo talks.**
"We will devote the first week of school and the whole school year to address the scourge of
racism, and talk to students about aspects of tolerance, acceptance of others and the eradication of racism
--Education Minister Shai Piron made plans to battle the "unthinkable expressions of racism and incitement
that came up during Operation Protective Edge."**
"The inability to decide on a compromise (sorry, but negotiations such as this require that each
side compromise on something) means the negotiations will explode. Exactly like with negotiations with the
--Maariv commentator Ran Adelist says that Israeli leaders are 'saving their political skin' making them
unable to do the obvious for a long-term truce: compromise.**
"We were not thinking politically. Instead of leveraging the kidnapping and
spurring Hamas in a political direction, we strengthened its military wing."
--Internationally renowned Israeli expert on Palestinian affairs, Menachem Klein, says Israel tried to
destroy the Fatah-Hamas unity government, which ended with the situation we have
today. Klein also suggests how to change the reality. (See Interviews)**
"He gave me back my son."
--Miri Schwartz thanks Arab Israeli doctor, Prof. Ahmed Eid, for saving the life of her son, the soldier
who was shot in the stomach this week in Jerusalem by someone on a motorcycle.**