For those of us who care about Israel, there's a temptation to ignore or to try to explain away this ugliness.
First, the Texas governor will have to explain away the manifold gaffes and failures from his last presidential campaign.
Hillary Clinton and other Dems spent much of 2008 trying to explain away their vote to authorize the Iraq War.
early 15c., from Latin explanare "to make level, smooth out;" also "to explain, make clear" (see explanation).
Originally explane, spelling altered by influence of plain. Also see plane (v.2). In 17c., occasionally used more literally, of the unfolding of material things: Evelyn has buds that "explain into leaves" ["Sylva, or, A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesties dominions," 1664]. Related: Explained; explaining; explains.