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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.
      Adar 21, 5767, 3/11/2007

      Is Israel Ready for the Next War?


      Just in case you thought that Israel's leaders had learned their lesson from last summer's disastrous war in Lebanon – think again.

      In today's YNet, an Israeli reserve soldier describes his recent experience after being called up to take part in a training exercise.

      His article reads like a laundry list of failures – outmoded equipment, lousy planning, and complete and utter disorganization.

      These are all precisely the same complaints that were hurled against the defense establishment over six months ago, at the war's end. And yet it seems that little has been done in the interim to correct them.

      The reservist's conclusion, although based anecdotally on his own narrow experience, is nonetheless chilling: "If, G-d forbid, war breaks out tomorrow, the situation will be very bad. At this rate, we will not win it."

      Is anyone in power paying attention?