Final Word from Monday, October 26, 2015

In an editorial last week, the New York Times said it was outrageous of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to claim that a Palestinian had persuaded a purportedly wavering Hitler to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Netanyahu's evident intent, the newspaper wrote, was to drive home the idea that the current wave of violence in Israel has been incited by Palestinian leaders. At the Lány retreat yesterday, Miloš Zeman claimed that young refugees are using children as human shields as a way to help justify the migration wave. In Jordan, Bohuslav Sobotka said he thinks the CR is being very unfairly criticized for not showing solidarity in terms of refugees. Just three days before Sobotka met with Jordan's king, the king's cousin, who happens to be the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, criticized the CR for its detention of migrants. A bit of political incorrectness from Netanyahu, Zeman and others might not be so bad if it leads to a greater debate about how much the current events in the world are being driven by strategic Muslim interests. [Czech Republic Arab United Nations]

Glossary of difficult words

purportedly - supposedly;

to waver - to be undecided between two opinions or courses of action; to be irresolute;

to exterminate - to destroy completely;

to drive something home - to make something clearly and fully understood by the use of repeated or forcefully direct arguments.

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