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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 13, 5768, 2/19/2008

      Save Us From Livni's Logic



      Either way one looks at Livni's logic, there is simply no good reason to forge a deal with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
      In case you were wondering if the people negotiating away Israel's future with the Palestinians have any idea what they are doing, you can stop wondering.

      Speaking at the Jerusalem Conference, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni made the following statement today: "It's true that they [the Palestinians] are still unable to implement agreements, but I believe that it's time, otherwise it will be too late."

      Say what?

      On the one hand, Livni is essentially admitting that any agreement signed with the Palestinian leadership is worthless because they won't stick to it anyway. On the other hand, she insists, Israel needs to sign a deal with them now, before they are swept from power.

      If you are scratching your head over that one - you aren't alone. Either way one looks at Livni's logic, there is simply no good reason to forge a deal with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

      If his position is so weak that he will be gone tomorrow, then of what value is an agreement that is reached with him? And if he won't keep to his commitments, then why bother signing with him in the first place?

      It is truly frightening to think that Livni's logic is what lies behind Israel's mad rush to give away the store and make a deal. All one can say is: the sooner this government is sent packing, the safer Israel will be.