January 20, 2001

Dear Friend of Israel:


We project a victory by Ariel Sharon in the coming elections. This creates a favorable situation but also offers challenges.

When we were founded eight years ago the concept of "land for peace" and then Oslo was viewed favorably by many American Jews.

At the time we wrote in our first press release (September 2, 1993): "The Freeman Center says the rush to embrace PLO is foolish and ultimately dangerous...nothing more than an elaborate trap for Israel'..."Despite the media hype surrounding these developments, let me make something very clear: A leopard does not change his spots. You can say a berachah (blessing) over a ham sandwich, but that doesn't make it kosher. And a deal with the PLO is like a dance on quicksand - before you realize it, you have sunk into the muck and slime."

Most major Jewish organizations, with millions of dollars of Jewish community funds, supported Oslo and its delusions of peace. The Freeman Center stood strong, never backing down, never lowering its voice in defense of the security of Israel.

Today our experts foresee a massive effort to discredit "hard-line" Sharon in the international media. Pressure to live up to Barak's concessions to Arafat will come from the U.S. State Department, the Europeans, the UN and the Arab/Muslim world. Israel will be portrayed as opposing "peace" if it opposes these concessions.

What will the Freeman Center role be in this changed reality?

We will intensify our hasbara (informational) efforts. Now, finally, the Israeli government will be in sync with us.

This will be accomplished utilizing the following resources:

1.THE MACCABEAN ONLINE: http://freeman.io.com/online.htm

The monthly magazine on the Freeman Center web site containing articles from the daily freemanlist. It is archived dating from 1995 and every article can be downloaded.

2. THE FREEMAN CENTER WEB SITE http://freeman.io.com [or] http://www.freeman.org

Our web site is visited by more than 51,000 people from 78 countries each month. They download 1.2 million pages of single space pages of text from The Maccabean Online Archives.

3 THE FREEMAN LIST: We send approximately 6 broadcasts of news and commentary per day, six days a week.

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4. THE FREEMAN CENTER is a center of activity rallying the Zionist community in its struggle for Israel. We will continue to forcefully oppose Arab propaganda, media bias and the anti-Zionism of our own Jews (i.e. Peace Now).

We need your help!

The Freeman Center greatly appreciates all those who have made very generous contributions in the past. We could not have helped Israel without you. We, however, need your continued generous support. We also need to appeal to all who have made smaller donations and urge you to increase your support for our work this year.

Influential people in Israel have informed us that our educational efforts are making a difference. In these critical days we need the help of all our friends to save Israel. Please respond as generously as you can by sending your tax-deductible donation today.

With Love of Israel and Faith in HaShem,

Bernard J. Shapiro, Executive Director

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