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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.
      Shevat 17, 5769, 2/11/2009

      A Decisive Victory for Israel's Right



      the right received a whopping 50% more votes than the parties on the left. That, my friends, is what is known as a good ol' fashioned landslide
      The results are in, the votes have been counted, and there is no doubt as to the outcome of Israel's elections yesterday: this was a clear and decisive victory for Israel's right-wing.

      Sure, Tzipi Livni's Kadima party may have come out ahead of the Likud in terms of the number of seats that it garnered. And yes, just a few weeks ago, the Likud was leading Kadima by a large gap in the polls.

      But the bottom line is this: the left-wing parties combined got just 44 seats (not including the 3 Arab parties), while the right came home with 65.

      And that number may yet change even more in the right's favor in the coming days, as the votes of the soldiers and security forces are counted as well.

      In other words, the right received a whopping 50% more votes than the parties on the left. That, my friends, is what is known as a good ol' fashioned landslide.

      Indeed, no matter how one looks at it, the left on its own can not form a coalition. Thus, the unavoidable conclusion is that the people of Israel have spoken loudly and clearly. They have rejected the outgoing government and its policies of appeasment, and voted to replace it with a strong, nationalist administration.

      The media, of course, is carefully trying to play down this point, empashizing instead Livni's "victory" and "comeback". But all the spin-meisters in the world can not obscure the reality that the people of Israel have spoken - and they have sent the left packing.