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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.
      Nissan 4, 5765, 4/13/2005

      Thank G-d for Roadblocks

      Not that we should need any reminders, but just in case anyone out there has somehow forgotten just what it is that Israel is up against, check out the following news item:

      Boy carrying 5 bombs detained

                  By Efrat Weiss

      IDF forces apprehend a 15-year-old Palestinian boy carrying five pipe bombs at the Hawara roadblock south of the West Bank town of Nablus; "I looked into his eyes, he was on the brink of tears and scared to death,” soldier tells Ynet


      That’s right – Palestinian terror groups sent a 15-year old kid, one of their own children, for G-d’s sake, to serve as a weapons delivery system.

      Nonetheless, Israel’s Prime Minister still plans on going ahead with the withdrawal from Gaza and northern Samaria in less than 100 days – even as the Palestinians continue trying to kill innocent Jews. So much for appeasement.

      In case this story sounds familiar – that’s because it is the second time in the past three months that a 15-year old Palestinian was caught at the very same roadblock while trying to sneak through with explosives for use in anti-Israel terror.

      Keep that in mind the next time you hear someone in the media complaining about those “Israeli army checkpoints” and the “daily humiliation” they impose on the Palestinians.

      Were it not for those checkpoints, a lot more innocent people would no longer be with us.

      G-d bless the IDF.