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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 23, 5769, 1/19/2009

      Leaving Hamas in Place



      After knocking the Hamas jihadists to the ground, Israel is now letting them get back up, dust themselves off, and prepare to attack us once again, at a time of their choosing.
      With breathtaking speed, Israel is about to undo the limited military achievements of the past three weeks of fighting against Hamas.

      Senior Israeli officials told the Jerusalem Post today that the IDF will be out of Gaza in time for Barack Obama's inauguration tomorrow as President of the United States - in what appears to be a clear-cut attempt to appease the incoming administration even before it officially gets off the ground.

      What a cataclysmic error! What a colossal mistake!

      By declaring a unilateral cease-fire and leaving Hamas in place, Israel is granting the terrorist movement an opportunity to recoup its losses, rebuild its infrastructure and rearm itself. After knocking the Hamas jihadists to the ground, Israel is now letting them get back up, dust themselves off, and prepare to attack us once again, at a time of their choosing.

      What a disgrace!

      Israel had them with their backs against the wall, and could have delivered a decisive blow. But instead, thanks to the weakness of our leaders, Hamas will now have a chance to live to see another day.

      It may take a week, a month or a year, but you can rest assured that at some point soon, when Hamas feels ready, they will resume launching rockets at Israel's south. And when they do, our leadership will have no one to blame but themselves.