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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.
      Av 20, 5766, 8/14/2006

      Will Iran & Syria Get Away with Murder?


      Irrespective of whether the UN-mandated ceasefire in Lebanon holds up in the coming days, a grave injustice has already been done to the people of the region, and it can not be allowed to stand.

      The two main state sponsors of this entire bloody affair – Syria and Iran – have gotten off scot-free despite wreaking havoc and sowing instability throughout the entire Middle East.

      Ahmadinejad UN Security Council Resolution 1701 does not even mention either of these countries, nor does it impose any form of punishment on them for their nefarious actions.

      As various observers have already pointed out, the terrorists of Hizbullah are proxies carrying out the will of their paymasters in Damascus and Teheran.

      It was the Baathist regime in Syria and the Khomeinist regime in Iran which planned, financed and orchestrated the past month of violence and bloodshed, and they can not, and must not, be permitted to have done so with impunity.

      Allowing Bashar al-Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to get away with murder is not only a gross act of injustice – it is also an invitation to these two madmen to connive and scheme still further, and plan future atrocities against Israel and the West.

      The value of the piece of paper approved by the UN will presumably become apparent in the coming days.

      But of one thing we can already be certain: Assad and Ahmadinejad are surely having a good laugh together, knowing full well that while they may have done the crime, it is someone else entirely that is being forced to pay the price.