"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." These words on the Statute of Liberty reflect that we are a magnanimous people and that our country is the beacon of hope for the world. Yet, we have grown weary of this role and of the sacrifices it entails, as parents grow tired of the sacrifices entailed in raising good children. But just as parents cannot abandon their sacred role, neither can we abandon the work that has defined us. Not only because there is no one else around to take our place, but also because there is no one around the world would trust. This is so despite the daily criticism -- and sometimes vitriol -- hurtled against us. Let us shoulder on then, and keep jumping over the hurtles and through the hoops, as we had done the past century. And let us remember that though the world does not always agree with us, it still deems us its de facto leader -- its brightest and singular example of how things should be.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)