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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.
      Nissan 26, 5765, 5/5/2005

      Confused? You're Not the Only One

      It's time for a reality check.

      Israel’s government seems stuck in a state of cognitive dissonance, oblivious to the internal contradictions of its own policies.

      Take a look at the following news item from yesterday’s Yediot Aharonot:


      Handover of West Bank towns on hold

      Cabinet decides to freeze handover of three more West Bank cities, Sharon and Abbas expected to meet soon to discuss possible coordination on Israel's plan to quit the Gaza Strip; Israel also gearing up to free 400 Palestinian prisoners it promised to release as part of efforts to promote peacemaking
      By Attila Somfalvi and Ali Waked

      The Security Cabinet decided Wednesday to freeze the transfer of three more West Bank cities promised to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas until the Palestinian leader carries out reforms within his security forces and makes stronger efforts to stop terror. 

      And so, on the one hand, Israel is refraining from turning over territory to the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria (and rightly so) because they are not fighting terror.

      And yet, the government is still intent on handing over Gaza to Palestinian control.

      Does this make any sense? Why retreat from Gaza and give the Palestinians free reign to create a rogue terrorist state if – by the government’s own admission – they aren’t doing anything to stop anti-Israel violence?


      Perplexed? You’re not the only one.

      But worst of all – it seems our government is the one that is most confused.