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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.
      Sivan 5, 5767, 5/22/2007

      Stop the Palestinian Rocket War



      while Peretz is busy chomping on his lip, thousands of other Israelis in the south of the country are living in fear of losing their lives
      Another day, another rocket attack.

      For the first time since the flare-up of the current Palestinian Rocket War against the Jewish state, an Israeli woman was killed yesterday in the southern town of Sderot by a projectile fired from Gaza. 32-year old Shirel Freedman died when her car was struck by a Palestinian Qassam rocket, one of nearly 20 that were launched yesterday against Israel.

      And just how did Israel's Defense Minister Amir Peretz respond to the latest outrage? Why - with "restraint" of course.

      Speaking to a European Union envoy, Peretz said that Israel was "biting its lips" in order to refrain from carrying out a ground offensive Gaza.

      But while Peretz is busy chomping on his lip, thousands of other Israelis in the south of the country are living in fear of losing their lives. The Government's passivity in the face of the rocket assaults, and their unwillingness to do what is necessary to to bring them to a halt, is a failure on par with last summer's disastrous war in Lebanon. It is time to take aggressive action to end the Palestinian Rocket War once and for all, and to unleash the IDF in all its glory.