Presidential Hopeful Huckabee
Decries Middle East Barbarism
N the race to the White House,
Mike Huckabee, a contender for Republican nominee, said he
was pleased to appear at the American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva
Center dinner in December at Manhattan’s Marriott Marquis.
The former Arkansas governor and
current Fox News talk show host noted that several previous
speakers went on to become prime minister of Israel. "There are
times," he remarked, "when I’m not sure I’d have better luck
becoming prime minister of Israel than president of the United
A regular visitor to Israel, Huckabee
said that on his most recent trip he went directly to the home
of Naftali Frenkel, one of three teenage students
murdered near Hebron last year.
"I was struck by how little was said
by the U.S. that one of our citizens had been kidnaped by
terrorists. Why wasn’t there a bold and loud outrage by our
government? They were too busy criticizing the building of
bedrooms on the land that was given to the Jews by the Bible."
He added: "There is no equivalency
between terrorism and the free state of Israel. One is evil and
one is good. One represents barbarism and one represents
Bet El is located in the hills of
Shomron north of Jerusalem, a stone’s throw away from Ramallah.
The American Friends honorary chairman Eugen Gluck and
his wife Jean have been making annual treks to Bet El
with a core of supporters to expand facilities in the city. The
Glucks have helped establish a community center, swimming pool,
dining hall and residential building for students.
The 32nd annual dinner
honored several of those supporters, such as Rabbi Allen
Schwartz of Congregation Ohab Zedek in Manhattan, Suri
and Barry Weiss of Community Home Care Referral Service,
and Chanita and Akiva Teitz who are in real estate
Huckabee said he visits Israel to show
that "those of us from America, not even Jewish, stand with them
who understand the difference between putting soldiers in front
of children from putting children in front of soldiers."