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Jean Gluck and Michele Bachmann
Jean Gluck and Michele Bachmann

Shelley and Ronnie Summers (right) with Jean Gluck, Michele Bachmann and Eugen Gluck
Shelley and Ronnie Summers (right) with Jean Gluck, Michele Bachmann and Eugen Gluck
Malcolm Hoenlein of the Presidents Conference and Knesset Member Yaakov "Katzele" Katz
Malcolm Hoenlein of the Presidents Conference and Knesset Member Yaakov "Katzele" Katz
Shifa Shell, Jean Gluck, Michele Bachmann, Eugen Gluck and Ryan Shell
Shifa Shell, Jean Gluck, Michele Bachmann, Eugen Gluck and Ryan Shell
Michele Bachmann and Nina Boxer
Michele Bachmann and Nina Boxer
BET EL
Rep. Michele Bachmann Vows
Jerusalem Will Stay Undivided

T
HE crowd roared when Michele Bachman proclaimed that the northern Samarian town of Bet El "must remain and always will remain a part of Israel."

The guests at the American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Centerís 30th annual dinner, at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway, continued to applaud vociferously as the Minnesota congresswoman and wannabe Republican presidential candidate expressed her robust support for Israelís future.

Dr. Avinoam Bitton, program chairman of the dinner, presented awards to Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Brian Decker, Mark Langfan, and Shelley and Ronnie Summers, longtime backers of Bet El and prominent members of Young Israel of Hillcrest, Queens.

The congresswoman from Minnesota insisted that the cessation of recent hostilities in Gaza is an "empty truce."

"Itís buying time for the terrorists to rearm."

Israel, she said, originally gave up Gaza thinking it would get peace in return. "Now our current administration is pressuring Israel to cede even more. This is nothing but foolishness and suicidal. The president has said that the 1967 borders is where the Palestinian borders should begin. In my opinion, that is not negotiable."

The congresswoman urged President Barak Obama to declare Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, recognize Israelís annexation of the Golan Heights, and stop sending the Palestinians money that we borrow from China.

"This is Godís land for you," she told the 1,000 dinner guests who jammed the ballroom. "God truly blesses those who bless Israel. I believe our destinies are intertwined. America must always be Israelís most reliable defender in the world."

American Friends honorary chairman Eugen Gluck teamed up with Yom Kippur war hero Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz to establish Bet El in 1977 on a tract of barren land a few miles north of Jerusalem and a stoneís throw from Ramallah. The community has grown from a few trailers to a town with a diverse population of 1,300 families, while Katz became member of Knesset.

Every Succot Eugen and his wife Jean bring two busloads of American supporters to see how Bet El has grown, and to dedicate another building. They have attached their name to several structures, including a dining hall, residences, athletic facility and security installation.

Three years before the founding of Bet El, after graduating from high school, the teenage Bachmann went to Israel for the summer. She worked on a kibbutz. "My job was to pick weeds in the cotton field," she said. "Send your children thereóitís good for motivation."

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