Dear Friends, "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will" - Mahatma Gandhi. As the dust begins to settle in t


Dear Friends,

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will" - Mahatma Gandhi.

As the dust begins to settle in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, challenges lie ahead. The fighting may have stopped, but the road to recovery is long and the side effects of the war will be felt for many months. Rehabilitation needs to become the top social project of the Israeli government and WIZO as the largest provider of social welfare services in the country will be a fully fledged partner in this initiative.

Israeli society displayed impressive resilience and solidarity during Operation Protective Edge and proved that the Jewish State's true source of strength lies not in its military prowess but in the strength of will and power of determination of all its citizens.

With warm WIZO regards,

Janine Gelley
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division
World WIZO

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Compiled by World WIZO Organization & Tourism Division

Co-editors: Lisa Moss, Raquel Dar, Rolene Marks