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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.
      Adar 28, 5766, 3/28/2006

      Today's Election - A Prediction


      Every once in a while, a newspaper headline succeeds in capturing the true significance of an historical moment.

      “Future borders at stake as Israel votes” reads the front page of today’s Jerusalem Post, summing up the importance of this election.

      Vote Many on the right are still gripped by despair, disillusionment and disbelief over the events of the past few months and the failure of our representatives in the Knesset to live up to the principles which they were elected to uphold.

      I fully understand these feelings, and I share the sense of frustration.

      Nonetheless, we can not just sit back and wallow in hopelessness and despondency. Anyone who can vote must go out and do so.

      The future of the country is at stake, and if enough right-wing voters head to the polls, there is a still a chance of preventing the left from obtaining a majority in the Knesset. This would seriously hinder Ehud Olmert’s plans to uproot tens of thousands of Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria, and possibly prevent more territory from being handed over to the Hamas-run Palestinian Authority.

      So, here’s my prediction for the results of the election:

      Mr. Olmert and his Kadima party will win 25 to 30 seats, but the right-wing and religious parties will have a much stronger showing than the polls anticipate. Olmert will be unable to form a stable ruling coalition without reaching across the political spectrum to the right. His desire to rush headlong into extensive unilateral retreats will prove politically impossible to carry out.

      But that, of course, depends on whether each and every one of us who loves the Land of Israel gets out there and votes. So please make sure that you do so.