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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.
      Kislev 10, 5768, 11/20/2007

      Rewarding the Murderers



      Once again, Israeli weakness has only served to encourage further Palestinian aggression
      The Palestinians demonstrated once again yesterday just how truly interested they are in peace, when gunmen belonging to Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction murdered a 29-year old Israeli in a drive-by shooting in Samaria.

      A spokesman for Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade proudly claimed responsibility for the act of terror, boasting to journalists that it was "a response to Israeli crimes".

      The attack, not surprisingly, came just hours after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Mahmoud Abbas to offer him still more concessions prior to the upcoming Annapolis conference.

      And so, once again, Israeli weakness has only served to encourage further Palestinian aggression. After all, the Palestinians see that they can resort to violence with impunity, and use the threat of terror to pressure the Jewish state into still further capitulation.

      The government barely even reacted to the incident, mumbling something about the need for the Palestinians to fight terror - as if after 14 years of Oslo, there is any chance of that happening......

      And that is perhaps the most disturbing aspect of all - namely, that it doesn't seem to occur to anyone in power that by giving away vital strategic assets, they are merely rewarding the murderers for their acts of violence, as well as setting the stage for still more to come.