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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.
      Cheshvan 8, 5769, 11/6/2008

      It's Raining Rockets in Israel



      More than 35 Palestinian rockets slammed into the Negev yesterda, including three which hit the port city of Ashkelon, sparking panic among parents of schoolchildren
      While much of the world is busy marveling over the election results in the US, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza are exploiting the opportunity to fire salvos of rockets and projectiles at Israel's southern towns and cities.

      More than 35 Palestinian rockets slammed into the Negev yesterda, including three which hit the port city of Ashkelon, sparking panic among parents of schoolchildren. Since the rockets were fired during the day, and the schools in Ashkelon are not specially reinforced, many rushed to take their children home to safety.

      Quite a way to live, isn't it?

      And just how did Israel's government react to this violation of the "truce" by Hamas, which has been in place for several months?

      Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai told reporters in response that Israel "does not plan to violate the truce."

      In other words: don't expect the caretaker government now in place to actually take measures to defend the public. Sure, they might launch a pinpoint operation here and there, but a full-blown operation to subdue the terrorists?

      Apparently, that is asking for too much.