Michael Freund served as Deputy Communications Director in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office under Binyamin Netanyahu during his first term of office. He is the Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), a Jerusalem-based organization that searches for and assists the Lost Tribes of Israel and other "hidden Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. In addition, Freund is a correspondent and syndicated columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and authors a popular blog on Middle East affairs, Fundamentally Freund. A native New Yorker, Freund is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia. He has lived in Israel for the past 19 years and remains a loyal New York Mets fan....
Don't expect a cliffhanger of a result on election night in Damascus, unless you are intensely curious to know whether Mr. Assad's final tally will be 98.9% or 99.9% of the vote
Remember all that talk of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad being a brash, young reformer who would change the face of his country's politics after the he inherited the throne from his father seven years ago?
Well, guess what: old habits die hard, especially in dictatorships such as Syria.
Syria's parliament the other day unanimously approved presidential elections to be held throughout the country on May 27. But lest you think this will be an "election" in the true sense of the word, consider this: there will only be one candidate on the ballot, and his name is - drumroll, please - Bashar al-Assad.
So don't expect a cliffhanger of a result on election night in Damascus, unless you are intensely curious to know whether Mr. Assad's final tally will be 98.9% or 99.9% of the vote.
Just one more example of the kind of neighborhood in which Israel finds itself.....
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