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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.
      Tevet 3, 5769, 12/30/2008

      Stop Aid to Hamas



      Why on earth is Israel allowing aid shipments to be sent to Hamas under the guise of "humanitarian support"?
      Speaking at a special session of the Knesset on Monday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak did his best to sound tough.

      "We have an all-out war against Hamas and its kind," he said, as if to suggest that the government will stop at nothing less than the demise of the terrorist regime now ruling Gaza.

      But less than 24 hours later, Barak himself issued a mystifying order granting permission for 100 trucks carrying humanitarian aid to enter the Hamas-controlled territory. The trucks are carrying food and medical supplies that were donated by Jordan and Turkey, and will be allowed to pass through even though the border crossings with Gaza are ostensibly closed. 

      What is going on here? Why on earth is Israel allowing aid shipments to be sent to Hamas under the guise of "humanitarian support"?

      If the goal is truly to dismantle the Hamas regime, then there is simply no rhyme or reason for such "gestures" to be made. Israel should stop all aid to Hamas, humanitarian or otherwise, and compel the thugs to capitulate.

      Until then, the only thing that should be entering Gaza is the Israel military, so that once and for all the nightmare of Qassam rocket fire can at last be brought to an end.