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■ the commitments and challenges that unite us.

ences. We were struck by the level of
few weeks ago, I was fortu-

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nate to participate in a leg-

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i slative trip to Israel spon
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Community Council of Metropolitan
while trying to strengthen a Jewish
Detroit.
Zionist society.
I joined House Speaker Rick
And we saw that even as
Johnson, R-LeRoy; Rep. Chris
enemies
of the peace process
Kolb, D-Ann Arbor; Sen. Buzz
attack, good people of all reli-
Thomas III, D-Detroit; Sen.
gions, ethnicities and origins
Jason Allen, R-Traverse City;
still strive to live and work
and Dennis Bernard, former
together in the hopes of a
JVS president. We were led by
peaceful and prosperous
the very knowledgeable Eric
future.
Adelmen of the Council. For
one week in August, we wit-
Learning Never Stopped
REP. MARC
nessed firsthand the resilience
Upon our arrival in the Golan
SHULMAN
the people of Israel.
Heights,
my colleagues experi-
Special to the
It is hard to believe that the
encing
their
first trips to Israel
Jewish News
suicide bombing at the Cafe
could
not
believe
just how vul-
Hillel in western Jerusalem earli-
nerable
Israel
had
been in the
er this month represented the 102nd
past two attacks from Syria. Speaker
Palestinian bombing in 36 months of
Johnson questioned why the Golan
violence in Israel. It is even harder to
Heights should be anyone's other than
believe I had been at the very bar and
Israel's. It seemed a natural extension
table where the tragic event took place
of existing territory, yet has been the
just one week before.
subject of so much controversy and
Through our journey, we came to
bloodshed.
recognize not only the strategic impor-
On our way to Jerusalem, we passed
tance of Israel as the only democratic
the
imposing fence, which has protect-
country in the Middle East, but also
ed
the
Gaza border and has begun to
the realization that a Palestinian state
be erected around the West Bank for
alongside Israel will never be perceived
security reasons. It has reduced the
as the ultimate fulfillment of current
infiltration of terrorists from Gaza.
Palestinian aspirations.
Israelis hope that, once completed, it
We began our sojourn in the Central
will make terrorist attacks on Israel
Galilee visiting the Partnership 2000
even more difficult.
area for Michigan Jewry. There,
"Good fences make good neighbors,"
Nazareth Illit Deputy Mayor Edna
as
the saying goes.
Rodrig indicated that many of the for-
In Jerusalem, my good friend Dennis
mer manufacturing jobs in the Galilee
Bernard and I went to pray at the
have gone to Jordan because of cheaper
Western Wall. The spiritual rapture
labor. Those of us from Michigan
and awe that you experience at the
could certainly identify with her in our
Wall cannot be adequately conveyed in
quest to keep and create manufactur-
words, yet its impact was so evident to
ing jobs in our own state.
my colleagues when we returned, that,
Though faced with different envi-
before leaving, they wanted to revisit
ronments, we immediately realized we
the Wall to pray for peace and honor
share the same human goals — and we
this most sacred ground.
are all the enemy of terror.
Throughout our visit to Israel, our
We saw hope as we entered the new
learning never stopped. Every person
Generation Technology Company, a
we met left indelible impressions on
high-tech incubation project in
us. Bar-Ilan University Professor
Nazareth representing a joint venture
Gerald Steinberg updated us on the
between Israeli and Arab businessmen
roles of various non-governmental
promoting new ideas in the life sci-
organizations in Israeli politics. We
spoke
with Nir Barkat, who is invest-
is a Michigan state
Marc
ing
millions
in education for children
senator from West Bloomfield.

Shulman

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