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      by Michael Freund
      An alternative approach to Israeli political commentary.
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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.
      Shevat 9, 5767, 1/28/2007

      The Silence of the Left


      It was a bloody weekend in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, but you'd never know it from the silence of the left.

      Fatah_kidnaps_hamas_leader_in_shechemFor the past few days, a mini civil war has been raging between Fatah and Hamas, two of the Palestinian terror factions vying for power, and the result isn't pretty: 25 Palestinians killed by fellow Palestinians, including at least two children.


      The two groups have also been kidnapping each other's members, with over 50 Palestinians abducted in the past 48 hours alone.


      Hamas and Fatah loyalists have also been firing mortar rounds at each other's offices, directing gunfire at each other's homes, and planting bombs in an effort to kill their rivals.


      Interestingly, this spate of intra-Palestinian violence has been largely ignored by the left, and for good reason. The sight of Palestinians kidnapping, shooting and killing each other does little to advance their goal of establishing a Palestinian state and getting rid of the "territories", so the left would rather look the other way and disregard this entire messy affair.


      But hiding one's head in the sand is no way to formulate policy or to run a country. What is taking place now in Gaza and elsewhere just serves to underline once again, in very dramatic fashion, just how dangerous it would be to give the Palestinians a state of their own.


      Look – and learn. The left might prefer to remain silent - but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to as well.