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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.
      Av 27, 5765, 9/1/2005

      A Hidden "Bombshell"


      Buried away in a recent news item were two sentences that should shake the Israeli left out of its slumber.

      The other day, Israeli media reported that the security services had captured 3 Palestinian terrorists from Gaza who had been sent to Judea and Samaria to establish factories for the manufacture of Qassam rockets and mortar shells.

      Their mission, they said, was to build the rockets and then fire them straight into Israel’s major metropolitan areas, as well as carry out a range of other heinous attacks. Had they succeeded, places such as Tel Aviv, Netanya and Kfar Saba might all have come under enemy fire.

      But it was the left-wing Ha’aretz, of all places, that contained the hidden “bombshell”, if you’ll pardon the pun. The paper’s military correspondent, Amos Harel, noted that, “Palestinian terror organizations have been trying for years to set up Qassam factories in the West Bank. These efforts have increased since Israel withdrew from Gaza.”

      Kassam20reuters_1 So, in effect, rather than making “central Israel” safer, the Gaza retreat has only brought the threat posed by Palestinian terror even closer to Israel’s financial and industrial heartland, giving the terrorists greater opportunities, and incentives, to launch attacks.

      Something to think about, especially for all those who supported Israel’s retreat.

      This time around, thank G-d, the terrorists were caught before they could do any harm. But who knows if we’ll all be so fortunate in the future.