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      by Michael Freund
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      Michael Freund is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister´s Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has lived in Israel for the past decade.
      Adar 7, 5765, 2/16/2005

      A Dark Day for Israel

      I can’t believe it. I just can not believe it is true.

      By a vote of 59 to 40, with 5 abstentions, the Knesset has now formally approved the expulsion of all Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria.

      After 12 years of Oslo, after thousands of innocent Israeli men, women and children were systematically murdered by Palestinian terrorists, after all the suicide bombings, the rocket attacks, the stabbings, the shootings, and the failed “peace accords”, the sovereign parliament of the State of Israel has formally declared defeat.

      For decades, Yasser Arafat dreamt of the day when Jews would be forced to flee their homes, handing them over to Palestinian control. But what Arafat failed to accomplish during his lifetime, the Israeli government is now planning to carry out instead.

      Sharon_and_peres It defies all logic, it makes no sense. A Jewish government in the Land of Israel expelling Jews from their homes? Is this some sort of nightmare, some type of horrible dream that we will all suddenly awaken from, only to discover that it was an illusion?

      I have to admit – I’m afraid. I’m afraid for the 9,000 Jews who face expulsion from their homes. I’m afraid for the growing split in the nation that the withdrawal plan is causing.

      But most of all, I’m afraid for the future of this country, for its very identity as a Zionist and Jewish state.

      Don’t be fooled – this is about far more than just the fate of 9,000 Jewish “settlers”. This is about the very essence of Israel itself – and when it comes to that, there can be no compromises.

      We must raise our voices, loud and clear, before it is too late. We must storm the heavens with our prayers, and plead for Divine mercy and intervention. We must do whatever is legally and morally possible to avert this evil decree.

      I can’t believe it. I just can not believe it.

      G-d help us all.