So now it is official: a Hamas-controlled parliament was formally sworn in yesterday, signifying the Palestinians? unmistakable and undeniable desire to wipe Israel off the map.

But has that served to wake up the Israeli left from its trance-like belief in peace at any price?

Of course not.

The Labor party reacted by declaring that it still ?sees Mahmoud Abbas as a partner in peace talks?, which is akin to saying that one still thinks the Seattle Seahawks can win last month?s Superbowl....

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Michael Freund served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office under former premier Binyamin Netanyahu. He is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (, which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people.