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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.
      Nisan 9, 5769, 4/3/2009

      They're Killing Jewish Children



      That someone could raise an axe in the air and swing it at children says something very disturbing about the kind of enemy that we face, the hatred that guides their actions, and the immorality they are prepared to embrace
      Yesterday, one of Israel's ostensible "peace partners" picked up an axe, stormed into a Jewish community outside Jerusalem, and attacked two innocent Jewish children, murdering a 16-year old teen and wounding a 7-year old child.

      It was another horrific, and horrifying, act of terror in the Palestinians' century-long war against the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel. And while we may have become 'accustomed' and perhaps even a little numb to reading about such atrocities, that in no way should diminish the severity of this incident in our eyes.

      That someone could raise an axe in the air and swing it at children says something very disturbing about the kind of enemy that we face, the hatred that guides their actions, and the immorality they are prepared to embrace. Like it or not, you can not negotiate with an axe, appease it or reason with it.

      So don't expect the New York Times or the rest of the mainstream press to make much of an issue of this latest attack, which inconveniently points out the fallacy of their "put the blame on Israel" line of thinking. Instead, they seem intent, together with the Obama administration, to twist Israel's arm and pressure its new government to go down a road of weakness, withdrawal and retreat.

      The sad fact is that this only emboldens our enemies still further. Israel has followed this course for the past 16 years, since the signing of the Oslo accords, and all it has brought us is still more violence, horror and grief.

      For G-d's sake! They're killing Jewish children - doesn't anybody give a damn?

      Apparently, the answer is as chilling as it is simple: a loud and bloody "no".