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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.
      Elul 21, 5768, 9/21/2008

      A sad day for Israel



      The Jewish people deserve better.
      Sometimes, a picture says it all - much better than words could possibly do.

      אולמרט ופרס. פגישה בשבע וחצי.

תצלום: דניאל בר און / ג'יני

      The news today in Israel is dominated by - what else? - Ehud Olmert's resignation. This evening, at 7:30 pm local time, the Prime Minister will meet with President Shimon Peres and formally notify him of his decision to leave his post.

      Whatever one thinks of Olmert - this is a sad day for the Jewish state. Our task as a people is to serve as a Light unto the Nations, a bastion of justice and righteousness for all to emulate - and now we must watch as our head of government resigns under a cloud of corruption scandals and allegations.

      It has been said that a nation gets the leaders they deserve. But I beg to differ - because I think the Jewish people deserve better and the people of Israel deserve better.

      We deserve a leadership that will stand firm and proud and defend the nation and its interests, one that will not cower before others. And we deserve leaders who walk in faith with G-d and uphold the highest ideals of honesty, and integrity.

      We really do deserve such things - but the way it looks right now, we'll probably have to keep waiting a bit longer until we get them.