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      by Michael Freund
      An alternative approach to Israeli political commentary.
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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 Bet 7, 5765, 3/18/2005

      The Alarm Clock is Ringing...


      For those basking in the relative calm of recent days, Israel’s Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon set off an important alarm clock Friday, one that should awaken us all from our (largely) media-induced slumber.

      Speaking to a forum of businessmen from Haifa, Yaalon had this to say:

      The terror organizations want the period of calm, but see it as a time to regroup and rearm before the fighting is resumed, without waiving their strategic goals.

      Until I see terror groups disarmed, and [PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas] fulfilling his commitments to having only one political entity and one law, I cannot say this war is behind us.

      We must not be intoxicated by the relative calm. We must deal with that which lies ahead and can break out soon if the terror infrastructure is not dealt with.

      Of course, this is not what the Government, or much of the Israeli media, would like us to hear, preferring instead to lull the people into a state of complacency. After all, the more distracted everyone is, the easier it will be to move forward with the Gaza expulsion plan.

      So kudos to the Chief of Staff for having the courage to remind us all of the obvious – namely, that Palestinian terrorists remain intent on sowing havoc and murdering innocent Jews.

      Clock And while I doubt that Yaalon’s warning will make much difference, here’s hoping that the public will nonetheless heed his alarm and have the foresight not to roll over and go back to bed.