U.S. Military cadets visit Israel for educational tour

Young American military personnel can learn a lot from tourism their ally in the Middle East and discussing issues with their IDF counterparts.

May 31, 2019 13:35
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U.S. Military cadets visit Israel for educational tour

US military cadets visit the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising memorial in Poland as part of 'Our Soldier's Speak' Israel Strategy and Policy Tour. (photo credit: OUR SOLDIERS SPEAK)

40 cadets from the United States military landed in Israel on Thursday for the Israel Strategy and Policy Tour (I-SAP), running through June 11. The cadets are from West Point Military Academy, the Air Force Academy and the Virginia Military Institute, and will meet with high level Israeli decision-makers from the IDF and police in order to gain a better understanding of America's ally in the Middle East. 
The aim of the program, which is sponsored by Our Soldiers Speak, is to relate the Israeli experiences on the battlefield and educate young Americans about Israel's reality.

Scheduled on the tour are a visit with leaders of the Druze Israeli community, tours of sites of Christian significance and talks with various Members of Knesset. Also planned is a tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum, Jerusalem's Western Wall and several scenic hikes through Israel's historic countryside.
The military cadets visited Poland before arriving in Israel and toured sites of significance during the Holocaust such as the former site of the Warsaw ghetto and the Auschwitz death camp.
OSS founder and director Benjamin Anthony stated, "this unparalleled experience enables American cadets to learn about hot-button issues and matters of utmost strategic importance in the Middle East firsthand. By forging bonds between the cadets and Israeli military officers, we are laying the groundwork for future understanding and productive interactions.”

Among the speakers who will meet with the American cadets are Maj.-Gen. Noam Tibon (res.), former commander of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Northern Formation; Judge Daphne Barak-Erez of the Israeli Supreme Court; Amb. Arthur Kroll, deputy director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry; and Maj.-Gen. Gershon HaCohen (ret.), former commander of the IDF Staff & Command College.

OSS also runs an Israel Law and Policy Tour for college students from various countries such as China, Kenya, Argentina and other nations.

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