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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.
      Tammuz 29, 5766, 7/25/2006

      The photo that says it all

      Every once in a while, a photographic image emerges which captures the very essence of a major international issue.

      It doesn't happen every day, but when it does, the power of the underlying problem suddenly becomes eminently clear.

      One such photo (see below) now appears on the website of Time magazine (of all places!!), where young kids in a Hizbullah scouting troop are shown pledging to die for the cause while raising their hands in the air in a chillingly-familiar salute.


      Coincidence? I doubt it. Hizbullah leaders are knowledgeable enough to understand the meaning of that pose, which was burned into the memory of the Jewish people, and that of the entire world, some six decades ago in the heart of Europe.

      Hizbullah's stated aim, of course, is to destroy the Jewish state, and their actions over the past two weeks have only served to underline their determination to target the innocent.

      So take a good long, look at that photo, and you will see what Hizbullah is busying filling its children's minds with. And then, you'll also understand and appreciate far more profoundly just what it is that Israel is up against.