Confused? You're Not the Only One

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....

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.