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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.
      Nisan 22, 5767, 4/10/2007

      Iran Celebrates "National Nuclear Day"



      by the end of this year, the ayatollahs could very well have their hands on the ultimate weapon of mass destruction
      This past Monday, April 9th, may just go down as a turning point in the history of the Middle East.

      Just as he had been promising for months, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced a dramatic expansion of Teheran's ability to enrich uranium, triumphantly declaring the operation of 3,000 centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility in central Iran.

      Centrifuges – which spin and purify uranium gas – produce enriched uranium which can be used to build a nuclear weapon.

      A few months ago, the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies estimated that once the 3,000 centrifuges become operational, it would take possibly as little as nine months for Iranian scientists to produce enough enriched uranium to make an atomic bomb.

      And so, by the end of this year, the ayatollahs could very well have their hands on the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.

      No wonder that Monday was celebrated across Iran as "national nuclear day."

      This cannot and must not be allowed to happen. Israel and the US simply can not stand by and watch as Tehran goes nuclear and threatens the entire civilized world.

      The would-be Hitler of Persia has made clear that his goal is the destruction of the Jewish state and bringing the West to its knees. The only way to stop this march toward insanity is with military action – fast, furious and fierce. And soon.

      Let's hope and pray that the leaders of Israel and the West have the courage and foresight to do what needs to be done, and to do it as quickly and as effectively as possible – before it is too late.