Keshet Security Seminars

The annual Keshet Insight Seminar is an intensive Israel experience led personally by Yitzhak Sokoloff, Israeli political analyst and the President of Keshet: The Center for Educational Travel in Israel, together with Dr. Eric Mandel, the founder of Middle East Political and Information Network (MEPIN). The seminar is limited to 20 participants who focus on a single theme related to Israeli society or strategic challenges. Over the course of one week, participants travel throughout Israel to meet and exchange views with some of the country's most thoughtful policy makers, political leaders and social activists. Past seminars have examined subjects such as "The IDF and Israel Society", "The Settlement Controversy", "The Two-State Debate", "The Geo-Political Status of Jerusalem", "The State of Judaism in the Jewish State", and "The Fateful Triangle: Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians", which included trips to Ramallah, to Syrian refugee camps along the Jordanian border, and into the Jordanian Parliament.

The Keshet 2015 Insight Seminar: February 1-7
Between Hamas, ISIS and Iran: A New Look at Israeli's Strategic Challenges

During 2014 we witnessed a war in Gaza, the rise of ISIS, the failure of the nuclear talks with Iran, and the threat of a new intifada. Add to that the growing tensions between Israel and the U.S. and an upcoming Israeli election and the waters of Middle East politics have rarely been murkier. The 2015 Seminar will bring us into the heart of Israel's efforts to achieve strategic stability in a dangerously fractured region, while endeavoring to remain a moral society in an increasingly immoral world. Our goal will be to closely examine the the war in Gaza and the strategic decisions taken by the highest level of Israeli policy makers, and to learn of the regional threats appearing just beyond Israel's border and hundreds of miles away. Our program includes meetings with soldiers and officers who fought in Gaza, generals who commanded them and parents who paid the ultimate price, as well as the spokesman of the Prime Minister, senior officials in the National Security Council, leading academics and journalists, a Palestinian human rights hero, and military doctors treating Syrian refugees in the Golan Heights.

The Insight Seminar is meant for people with a deep concern for Israel, boundless energy and curiosity and a serious desire to understand things for themselves rather than depending on the mass media. Accommodations in Jerusalem at the King David Hotel, in Tel Aviv at the Carlton and in the Galilee at the Kfar Blum Kibbutz Guest House.



"Over the last 8 years I have worked with Keshet and Yitzhak to design and implement in depth educational seminars for both my local community in Westchester New York, and my friends and colleagues who are deeply interested in Israel and the Middle East. The level of the trips and their unique nature required extraordinary planning and coordination, as we met with leading figures from academia, politics, society and the media.I have worked with Yitzhak and his whole team over many years, and their level of knowledge and professionalism is beyond compare. My groups consists of people who return year after year. They consist of people who are at the tops in their fields, yet they take off a week each year because these seminars are so unique and personally fulfilling for them. Although each trip seems like a once in a lifetime trip, somehow Yitzhak and Keshet keep coming up with seminars that surpass the previous years trips. From seminars on Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, to New Strategic Paradigms Post Arab Spring, each is unique and only overlaps in its committed to the highest levels of professionalism and creating lifetime memories."

Eric Mandel. MD ( , White Plains New York.



Whether you're looking for synagogue or community Israel trips, youth programs, individual family israel tours in Israel, Israel Bat and Bar Mitzvah and adventures, Academic study of Israel, Interfaith missions or in-depth encounters with Israeli society - Keshet can make it happen!