This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Seth Mandell
Shimon Peres once famously said: "Good policy does not need hasbara (literally explanation but colloquially public relations) and for bad policy hasbara won't help. Words don't matter, he seems to say. Only actions matter.
Judaism on the other hand, has always been sensitive to the power of speech. This week's Torah reading Metzora describes the rituals through which one heals from the damage we cause to ourselves when we speak evil about another. Lashon ha ra. How ironic then that Richard Goldstone chose this week to recant his report on the Gaza War that maligned the Israeli army's intentions, accusing it of targeting Palestinian civilians in warfare.
As a result, the world had evidence supporting their view of us as war criminals.
Goldstone's mea culpa, while welcome, is too little too late. Once inscribed in the world, words have a power of their own, and in the age of the Internet, they last forever.
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