Livni: Use of term 'Holocaust' hurts Israel when talking of threats

Using the term, 'Holocaust,' when discussing threats posed to Israel is not only counterproductive, but it hurts the standing of the Jewish state, Opposition leader Tzipi Livni said on Thursday. "The use of terms like, 'Holocaust,' when speaking of threats is problematic," she said during a speech at the Fisher Institute. "It doesn't transmit the right message. Israel of 2009 is a stronger, more powerful state, and it can make decisions. "Therefore," Livni continued, "the connection to the Holocaust, which took place before the Jewish nation had the capacity to defend itself, is not right - both with regards to the Holocaust itself, and also with regards to the correct ethos of our nation, from the perspective of its strength." Speaking about a 'Holocaust' does not "diminish the threat [which is posed]," the Oppostion leader said, "and Israel must not be portrayed as weak at time when decisions need to be made."