The Alarm Clock is Ringing...

Michael Freund,

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Michael Freund
Michael Freund served as Deputy Communications Director in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office under Binyamin Netanyahu during his first term of office. He is the Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (, a Jerusalem-based organization that searches for and assists the Lost Tribes of Israel and other "hidden Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. In addition, Freund is a correspondent and syndicated columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and authors a popular blog on Middle East affairs, Fundamentally Freund. A native New Yorker, Freund is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia. He has lived in Israel for the past 19 years and remains a loyal New York Mets fan....

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.

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.