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Danny Ayalon and Eugen Gluck
Danny Ayalon and Eugen Gluck

Eugen and Jean Gluck with Fred Zemel of Chashmonaim, Israel
Eugen and Jean Gluck with Fred Zemel of Chashmonaim, Israel
Dr. Joseph Frager and Danny Ayalon
Dr. Joseph Frager and Danny Ayalon
Knesset Member Yaakov "Katzaleh" Katz, Presidents Conference executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, and Rubin Margules
Knesset Member Yaakov "Katzaleh" Katz, Presidents Conference executive vice chairman
Malcolm Hoenlein, and Rubin Margules
Dr. Avinoam Bitton with Dr. and Mrs. Alan A. Mazurek
Dr. Avinoam Bitton with Dr. and Mrs. Alan A. Mazurek
BET EL
Israeli: ĎWe Never Ask Americans
To Go In Harmís Way For Usí

R
UBIN MARGULES
insisted we should stop calling Judea and Samaria "occupied territories." "We occupy no oneís land but have returned to the land God promised us."

Margules, a longtime Zionist activist, was one of the honorees at the 29th annual dinner of the American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center in December at the Marriott Marquis in New York. Bet El, called the place where Jewish history began, is situated in the hills a heartbeat north of Jerusalem, a stoneís throw east of Ramallah. More than 7,000 people reside there.

"We should stop expelling Jews from this land," said Margules, who serves as head of the Brooklyn region of the Zionist Organization of America. "We expelled Jews from Gaza and we have seen the calamitous results."

Eugen Gluck, honorary chairman of the American Friends and a pioneer builder of Bet El, said he hopes the Israeli government "has learned from past mistakes" when it evacuated Jewish settlers from the Gaza and then saw Hamas turn the strip into a launching pad for rockets aimed at Israeli towns.

Emcee Avinoam Bitton presented awards to Rabbi Etan and Esther Tokayer of Kingsway Jewish Center, Raizy and Moshe Zicherman, and Mushkee and Dovid Efune of the Algemeiner newspaper, and Rubin Margules.

Knesset member Danny Ayalon, Israelís deputy foreign minister and former ambassador to the U.S., recalled an old Henry Kissinger gag to make a point. On an alleged visit to the biblical zoo in Jerusalem, the secretary of state was amazed to see the lion lying next to the lamb. How can this be? The zookeeper explained: "We bring him a fresh lamb every morning."

"Throughout history," Ayalon said, "we were the sacrificial lamb. Israel will no longer be kicked around. The Jews of Judea and Samaria are called colonizers when in truth they are the heroes of the Jewish people."

He added: "One thing we will never ask of America is to go in harmís way for us. We are quite capable of defending ourselves."


 
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