This Week's Guests

Dr. Yftach Gepner
Defended Israeli village from Hamas attacks

Dr. Yftach Gepner, a lecturer at TAU’s Faculty of Medicine from Moshav Ein Habesor, saved his own brother’s life on that fateful morning of October 7, when they fought terrorists along with the other 78 members of the small, remote community’s alertness unit.
The moshav had decided to establish this unit only a month earlier, mostly to prevent car theft. They were unaware at the time that in only a few weeks, this choice would mean the difference between life and death.
Normally, five members would patrol at night, following a year of repeated car thefts, to stop such events and boost the sense of personal security for residents. 
On Saturday, as sirens and bombs started pouring in from Gaza, the security coordinator of the moshav quickly decided to send the entire standby squad to the fences. Within minutes, several Hamas vehicles appeared, and a long, harsh battle commenced.
“Even though they had the upper hand as far as firearms,” Gepner told Ma’ariv, “our squad faced the Hamas terrorists’ attack, and was finally able to stop them.”  
During the intense fighting, Gepner’s brother Elad was severely injured. The physician, whose study about exercise and cancer was previously published on ISRAEL21c, gave his wounded sibling first aid but clearly he required hospital care. 
He then tried to sneak Elad out the back gate of the moshav, but they came upon “a huge force of Hamas terrorists, including two pickup trucks and five motorcycles — around 30 terrorists in total.”
The brothers were attacked, Elad suffering additional wounds from gunshots and shrapnel. Gepner managed to drive back to the moshav. Two hours later, his brother finally arrived at Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva in an ambulance accompanied by another vehicle to protect it. Despite having lost a great amount of blood on the way, Elad pulled through.
“We are at the apex of a mega-event which tests the very existence of the otef [Gaza ‘envelope’] kibbutzim, as well as Israel’s existence at large,” Gepner said. 
“As we rose from the Holocaust to independence, as we grew out of the ’73 Yom Kippur war… we will rebuild the otefsettlements, safer without Hamas, stronger and thriving.”

Michele Bachmann
Fmr Presidential Candidate & Minnesota Congresswoman (R) / Dean & Professor, Regent University

Michele Bachmann was born in Waterloo, Iowa. She received a B.A. in Political Science and English from Winona State University in 1978. She married Marcus Bachmann, a clinical therapist who holds a master’s degree from Regent University. In 1986, Bachmann received a Juris Doctor degree from Oral Roberts University. She was a member of the ORU law school’s final graduating class, and was part of a group of faculty, staff, and students who moved the ORU law school library to Regent University. Two years later, she completed a Master of Law in taxation at the College of William & Mary. She worked for four years as a lawyer for the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Bachmann and her husband have five children. They also worked with a private foster care agency to house 23 children in their home during the 1990s. Bachmann’s children were home schooled and also attended private Christian schools, and her political career stemmed from her interest in education reform.
In 2000, Bachmann defeated a longtime moderate incumbent for a state senate seat in Minnesota. In 2006, Bachmann entered the race to represent her suburban Minneapolis congressional district. She won 52 percent of the vote, becoming the first Republican woman from Minnesota elected to the House of Representatives. She easily won reelection in 2008 and 2010.
Bachmann’s extensive career highlights include:

  • Bachmann was the first Republican woman from Minnesota elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Bachmann served as a United States Congresswoman representing Minnesota’s 6th District from 2007 to 2015.
  • She quickly became a national figure in the Republican Party and a founding member of the congressional Tea Party Caucus.
  • In 2011, Bachmann announced her bid for the Republican presidential nomination and ran for president in 2012.
  • Bachmann is a highly respected leader who is deeply committed to conservative values in government.

“It has been the highest honor to serve the American people and to uphold conservative principles on a national scale,” Bachmann stated. “I am thrilled to now direct my focus to preparing the next generation of government leaders at Regent University.”

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