Quotations of the day
‘‘If there is a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to this problem by diplomatic means, we prefer that. But if not, then I am sure you will understand that Israel will have to take whatever actions are necessary to defend its people.’’ — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as Israel and the Hamas militant group edged closer to a cease-fire to end a weeklong Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.
‘‘Their strategy is to hit and run. They’re trying to hurt the regime where it hurts by bisecting and compartmentalizing Syria in order to dilute the regime’s power.’’ — Elias Hanna, a retired Lebanese army general and Beirut-based strategic analyst in a statement after Syrian rebels overwhelmed a large military base in the north of the country and made off with tanks, armored vehicles and truckloads of munitions.
‘‘Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work ‘Sesame Street’ is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer.’’ — Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash after resigning from ‘‘Sesame Street’’ amid allegations he sexually abused underage boys.