MERE RHETORIC: Sharon Medical Update - Tuesday Afternoon
What began as minor movement on his left side (which is significant, remember, because the right side of the PM's brain was most significantly damaged) has turned into movement of the left hand and is being described as a major change.
This is great news, especially given that the Prime Minister's breathing and blood pressure are normal and stable. He is "not in immediate danger". Regarding the latter, however, no immediate danger doesn't mean that PM Sharon is not still in critical condition - he is, and anyone implying that his condition is less than severe or serious is simply being irresponsible.
Furthermore, his improvements are drops in an ocean - he has suffered a major stroke, and even partial recovery will take months. No one is expecting him to ever return to political office.
Still, Prime Minister Sharon is alive, stable, and ever ever so slowly improving.