by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, INN
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, will deliver keynote addresses at the annual dinner of the American Friends of the Beit El Yeshiva Center and Arutz Sheva on Sunday Dec. 5 in Manhattan.
Huckabee has been outspoken in his support for Israel’s rights to sovereignty over the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria, where Beit El is located. He has visited Israel 12 times and most recently toured sites in the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, accompanied by Dr. Joe Frager, a New York physician and chairman of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project.
Last year, Huckabee launched his unofficial campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 with a visit to the Har Bracha community in Samaria last year.
He said at the time that he understood the need for a Palestinian state, but that it should not interfere with the Jewish one. “There are many, many places where a homeland for the Palestinians could in fact take place that would be consistent with their roots,” he explained. “But there is only one place on earth where the Jewish people could have a homeland that is consistent with their roots.
Regarding the freeze on Jewish construction imposed by U.S. President Barack Obama, Huckabee said on his tour, “My question is how would the government of the United States feel if Prime Minister Netanyahu began to dictate which people could live in the Bronx, which ones could live in Manhattan, and which could live in Queens.” He compared Obama’s policy to racial segregation.
Mr. Hoenlein has traveled throughout the world meeting with state leaders and Jewish communities. He has written and lectured across the U.S. and abroad and is frequently consulted on public policy and Israel issues by high ranking American government officials.
Beit El Dinner
Chairman of the Board of American Friends of Beit El Eugen Gluck noted that with some 1,400 expected attendees, the Beit El/Arutz Sheva dinner is one of the largest and most prestigious functions of any Jewish organization. The dinner will be held on Sunday December 5 at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in Manhattan at 5pm.
The honorees this year are Rabbi Dr. Richard and Sandy Weiss of Hillcrest, NY, Dr. Joshua and Shifra Fox of Lawrence, NY, Dr. Joseph and Karen Frager of Jamaica Estates, NY, and Dr. Jeffrey and Esther Weber of Marine Park, Brooklyn.