The Wisdom of Yuval Tal

SaM BaZzIBy Sam Bazzi, counterterrorism analyst

The assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a hotel room in Dubai continues to develop. Apparently the credit cards used by the hit squad were issued by Payoneer, a New York based company established by Israelis. Of course that the assassins used financial products provided by Payoneer by no means implies that the company was involved in the violent events that took place in Dubai. However, Payoneer and its founders got their fair share of publicity out of this operation. Checking out the LinkedIn profile of its CEO, Yuval Tal, I was very impressed with the following quote from Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

True this is the wisdom of Roosevelt, but since Yuval Tal embraced it, it is his as well. Such wisdom makes my day any day!

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