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Tour Details

Highlights of this Tour

  • Get first hand information / meetings
  • Visit the Knesset (Israeli Parliament)
  • Special Dinner Meeting

Arrival / Departure Airport

Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)

Price includes

  • Accommodation in middle-class hotels
  • All entrance fees, gratuities, and taxes
  • Professionally guided sightseeing
  • High level meetings and special encounters
Itinerary
(Subject to change)
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  • Pickup at Ben Gurion airport and transfer to the Hotel in Tel Aviv.
  • Welcome drink and introduction to the program.
  • “Under the radar screen- The Israeli-Jordanian Tango”- Efraim Halevey, former Director of the Mossad and confidante of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein
  • Professor Shimon Shamir, former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt and Jordan, “Is a Jordanian-Palestinian Confederation an Option?”
  • “A picture is worth a thousand words”- Strategic outlook over Tel Aviv from what was once a forward Jordanian position and is now an Israeli town, with Political Topography Field Trip focusing on the demarcation lines within and around Jerusalem with (res.) Danny Tirza, who determined the route of the security barrier and who prepared the maps that formed the basis of Israeli compromise positions under Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert.
  • Continue to Jerusalem via the contours of the old Israeli-Jordanian border to “Six Days that Changed History”- at Ammunition Hill, site of a major battle between Israel and Jordan in 1967.
  • Evening: Dinner with Dore Gold, Former Political Advisor to the Prime Minister, Ambassador to the United Nations and General Director of the Foreign Ministry, President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. (Ambassador Gold is an expert on American-Israeli relations, and “under the radar” relationships between Israel and the Arab world and participated in negotiations between Israel, Jordan, Syria and Egypt
  • Visit the massive foundations of The Second Temple, which plays a key role in the religious and historical consciousness of Jews and Christians.
  • Ascent of the Temple Mount (“Haram al-Sharif”) and the Al Aqsa Mosque – where history and politics are both volatile and inseparable.
  • Lunch break (and opportunity to change clothes) in our hotel.
  • Visit the Knesset to learn the inner workings of Israel’s parliamentary system. Meet with Israeli legislators such as Ayman Odeh, chairman of the Joint (Arab) List, Zippy Livni, former Foreign and Justice Minister and candidate for Prime Minister, Zippy Hotoveli, Asst. Former Minister and Yitzhak Herzog, leader of the Opposition and chairman of the Labor Party.
  • Group dinner and time to share thoughts and decompress.
  • Optional nocturnal visit to the rooftops of the Christian and Moslem Quarters and the Western Wall.
  • Border Crossing at the Allenby Bridge
  • Meet with Salameh Nematt, former managing editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Al Hayyat and correspondent of the BBC for “deep background” on Jordanian society, the Jordan-Israel relationship from the Jordanian perspective, and the challenges posed by ISIS and Iran.
  • Visit the Jordanian parliament and meet with Parliament members such as Mrs. Rola Al Haroub and Moussa Omair Hassan Abu Sweilem. Al Haroub is a leading television commentator and Parliamentary spokesman for Jordanian woman; Mr. Abu Sweilem is a member of the party associated with the Moslem Brotherhood.
  • Meeting with representative of the Jordanian Government to explore the social and strategic challenges facing the Kingdom of Jordan.
  • Evening: dinner with foreign diplomats and human rights activists at the home of Dr. Yarup Ajlouni, head of the Jordanian Aid Health Society in his home overlooking the Dead Sea.
  • Drive to the northern district of Jordan along the Syrian border.
  • Visit a clinic of the Jordanian Health Aid Society in Irbid.
  • Meet Syrian refugees in Irbid and Mafrak in northern Jordan together with Jordanian human rights activists.
  • Meet with a former Syrian general now associated with the Syrian Free Army
  • Visit the outskirts of the Zaatari Refugee Camp along the Jordanian/Syrian border.
  • Border Crossing at the Sheikh Hussein Bridge
  • Continue through the Jordan River Valley to the Golan Heights.
  • View of Syria from the Golan Heights. Briefing on Israeli humanitarian efforts in Syria. Visit to one of the major battlefields of the Yom Kippur War.
  • Continue to Jerusalem
  • Join thousands of Israelis and visitors from around the world who welcome the Shabbat at the Western Wall.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at our hotel

 

  • Political Topography Field Trip focusing on the demarcation lines within and around Jerusalem.
  • “Bridging the Divide”- Lunch and program with Kids4Peace, a leading NGO that fosters meaningful long-term relationships between Israeli and Palestinian youth in Jerusalem.
  • Musical Program with Jewish and Arab music students from the Rubin Academy.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at our hotel
  • Option 1  – Day Trip to the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, including Qumran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered), Masada (a monumental Herodian fortress perched on a mountain peak overlooking the Dead Sea, site of the last, epic battle between the Roman Army and Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt), and enjoy spa time and floating in the Dead Sea.
  • Option 2 – Relaxed day in Jerusalem with optional walking tours of the Jewish and Christian Quarters, visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Israel Museum.
  • Option 3 – Visit to Bethlehem including visit to Manger Square and meeting with                              Palestinian residents.
  • Dinner with Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process

 

  • Breakfast with Khaled Abu Toemeh. Mr. Abu Toemeh is a journalist, a member of the Israeli Arab community and an expert on the West Bank and Palestinian political culture.
  • Travel to Ramallah to meet with leading members of the Palestinian political leadership.
  • Continue to Rawabi, the first planned city built by Palestinians and hopefully a harbinger of a better future for the region.
  • Meet with General (Res.) Giora Eisland, former Head of the Israeli National Security Council and one of Israel’s most creative strategic thinkers.
  • Visit to the Hand in Hand School, where Israelis and Palestinians study together from K-12, and in the process overturn a multitude of stereotypes.
  • Musical Program with Jewish and Arab music students from the Rubin Academy. (time permitting)

Final afternoon:

  • Final lunch in the Anna Ticho Museum in Jerusalem with Michael Oren, former Ambassador to the United States and currently a Vice Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office for Diplomacy and International Affairs.
  • Summary discussion and free time
  • Final dinner and transfers to the airport for evening and early morning flights.
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