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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.
      Shevat 21, 5766, 2/19/2006

      Is Yossi Beilin still rooting for the Seattle Seahawks?

      So now it is official: a Hamas-controlled parliament was formally sworn in yesterday, signifying the Palestinians’ unmistakable and undeniable desire to wipe Israel off the map.

      But has that served to wake up the Israeli left from its trance-like belief in peace at any price?

      Of course not.

      Superbowl The Labor party reacted by declaring that it still “sees Mahmoud Abbas as a partner in peace talks”, which is akin to saying that one still thinks the Seattle Seahawks can win last month’s Superbowl.

      Then there is Dr. Yossi Beilin of Meretz, one of the “brainchilds” of the Oslo process that created the Palestinian entity now under Hamas control.

      Neither contrite nor remorseful over the failure of his policies, Beilin reacted to Hamas’ ascension to power by….. blaming Israel, of course.

      Israel made a terrible mistake by weakening the PA and Abbas in the past few years,” he opined, displaying yet again his uncanny ability to find no fault with Israel’s foes.

      This, of course, is nothing new. Even after the Oslo process quickly descended into unprecedented waves of anti-Israel terror nearly 13 years ago, the hard-core Left refused to acknowledge the error of its ways, so why should now be any different?

      Nonetheless, there is something instructive in all of this, for it serves as a useful reminder to those with short memories that people such as Beilin and his comrades can not and must not be returned to power.

      If they are incapable of recognizing the dangers inherent in a Hamas-led terrorist regime, then they are best left to spin their fantasies far away from the centers of power.