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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.
      Tammuz 22, 5766, 7/18/2006

      Does the Washington Post back Hizbullah & Hamas?


      Just in case you thought the international community had finally begun to see the light and recognize the justness of Israel's cause – think again.

      In a piece appearing in yesterday's Washington Post, veteran op-ed columnist Richard Cohen published a screed so offensive, and so outrageous, that it should prompt every clear-headed individual to shun the American capital's paper of record and cancel their subscriptions forthwith.

      Richard_cohen_of_washington_postBelieve it or not, Cohen's article begins by embracing the central tenet of Hizbullah and Hamas ideology: namely, that the State of Israel has no right to exist.

      Here is how Cohen himself put it: "The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians) has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now."

      Yes – you read that correctly. Cohen believes that "Israel itself is a mistake", and heaps the blame for everything that has happened since 1948 squarely on the shoulders of the Jews.

      Sound familiar? It should – because that is exactly the same message being promulgated by Hamas fanatics, Hizbullah thugs, and their paymasters in Teheran. The only difference is that Cohen's diatribe appears in English (perhaps it was translated from the Arabic...).

      In case you had any doubt about what Cohen thinks of Hizbullah rocket attacks or Hamas suicide bombings against innocent Israeli civilians, here is the vaunted journalist's take on the subject: "There is no point in condemning Hezbollah. Zealots are not amenable to reason. And there's not much point, either, in condemning Hamas. It is a fetid, anti-Semitic outfit whose organizing principle is hatred of Israel. There is, though, a point in cautioning Israel to exercise restraint -- not for the sake of its enemies but for itself."

      Thanks for the advice, Dick. I'm sure your forbears are shepping nachas (i.e. taking pride) to see you defending the murderers, rather than their victims.