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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.
      Nisan 23, 5766, 4/21/2006

      Al Capone for Chief of Police?

      Talk about inviting the cat to guard the milk.

      In yet another sign that the new Hamas-led Palestinian Authority (PA) aims to continue attacking Israel, the Palestinian terrorist behind ongoing rocket barrages against the Jewish state has now been appointed to oversee the Palestinian security forces.

      Jamal Abu Samhadana, head of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees and number two on Israel’s list of most wanted terrorists, was chosen on Thursday to serve as Director-General of the PA Interior and National Security Ministry.

      This will place Abu Samhadana in a powerful position, where he will effectively be in charge of the tens of thousands of armed gunmen serving in the various PA police and military wings.

      Capone It is the equivalent of appointing Al Capone to head the FBI, or Tony Soprano as Chief of Police.

      Abu Samhadana is a career terrorist, responsible for countless attacks against Israel, including firing thousands of Qassam rockets and mortar shells at Jewish communities.

      With his new promotion, Abu Samhadana will now be able to marshal far greater manpower and weaponry toward his lethal aims.

      This is just one more reason why it is essential that Israel move quickly to dismantle the PA and sweep Hamas from power once and for all, because all indications are that they are gearing up for an escalation in attacks.