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      Fundamentally Freund
      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.
      Tevet 22, 5766, 1/22/2006

      Israel Needs A Ronald Reagan


      This past Friday, the Wall Street Journal provided a timely reminder of just how much a great leader can impact the future of a nation.

      Noting that it was 25 years ago this weekend that Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President of the United States, the paper stressed how much Reagan’s economic policies contributed to the country’s growth and development in the intervening years.

      Even more important, however, was the fact that Reagan set the stage for America’s return to itself and to its values, after the dour and depressing tenure of Jimmy Carter. He inherited the mantle of leadership over a country whose spirit was shattered, an America that had lost its sense of purpose and mission.

      Reagan Reagan realized that the first and most urgent of tasks was to restore the American people’s confidence in themselves and their cause, and he set about doing so with great result.

      Harking back to this period of recent history, it becomes all the more apparent just how much Israel so desperately needs its own version of Ronald Reagan - someone who will stand up to the international community, and especially to our enemies, with pride in his heart, power in his voice and principles in his view.

      Someone who will remind the world that the Jewish people are unlike any other, that we are here by right, by Divine mandate, and that we shall never, ever yield this Land of ours. 

      Israel needs a leader to put things back into perspective, to remind us that if we return to ourselves, and to our G-d, we can and will find the inner strength to stave off our foes and fulfill our mission as a nation and as a people.

      Faith, optimism, pride and hope. As Ronald Reagan showed America, that is truly what a great leader has to offer.

      Israelis deserves no less.

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