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This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that takes part in this memorable mission to study advanced topics in Homeland Security while visiting Haifa, the Northern Border, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Dead Sea.
Accommodation is included in the price. Since training takes place in multiple locations, participants will stay at three different hotels in Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.
Day 1 - Friday - Depart Newark on the Night flight to Tel Aviv leaving Newark at around 11pm, non-stop and arrive in Israel at around 4pm the next day.
Day 2 - Saturday Arrival in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport.
19:00 - Check in and arrival at Hotel
19:30 - Dinner at the Hotel. Henry Morgenstern will go over some highlights and tips for the coming week.
Day 3 - Sunday
09:00 - Hezbollah presents one of the key threats to the USA and this journey through the northern border will explore that threat. There will be stops at notable points on route. You will gain valuable know-how from a real expert on the terrorist situation on the Northern border while seeing some of Israel's most memorable natural scenery - in the Galilee Mountain Range.
We will be also visiting the site of the Ma'a lot massacre which in 1974 changed forever the way Israel responded to terrorist attacks after losing 22 children and many adults in the hostage rescue attempt.
12:00 - Lunch on the Northern Border
14.30 - 17:00 Visit to one of the key Hospitals in the North, Nahariya Hospital and find out how they handle casualties under missile threat, respond to terror incidents and mass casualty events.
17:00 - Return to Haifa
19:00 - Dinner at the Hotel
20:00 - 21:00 Lecture by Henry Morgenstern on the basics of the Israeli security concept (optional attendance).
Day 4 - Monday
8.00 - Check out of Hotel
09:30 - 11:30 Visit the National Israel Police Museum. The Israel National Police handles special challenges related to terrorism. In this special guided visit, learn about how the Israel National Police have responded to the threats. This is also the Israel National Police Academy
12:30 - Lunch - Special visit to a Druze village near Haifa
15:00 - 16:30 The YAMAM is the elite counter terror unit of the Israeli Police. The unit is a 24/7 readiness unit that is more paramilitary in nature than most units in the West. Learn about this legendary unit from one of its members, Moshe Ben Shalom, also a SSI SWAT trainer. Moshe will bring experience from "head to head" encounters.
19:00 - Check in to Hotel in Tel Aviv
19:30 - Dinner at Mike's Place - On April 30th 2003 a suicide bomber approached Mike's place, a popular jazz and American style bar on the Tel Aviv Beach. The bomber, who came from Britain, was prevented from entering the establishment by courageous Avi Tabib (survived) the Security guard. However, 29 year old Dominique Haas, Ran Baron 23 and Yanai Weiss 46 were killed. The bombers were given the bombs in Israel by HAMAS. The accomplice that got away was found floating in the water, apparently drowned as he attempted to escape.
Day 5 - Tuesday
8:30 - 12:00 Visit the secret Homeland Security simulator at the Home Front Command south of Tel Aviv. We will learn now Israel prepares itself for a number of scenarios and receive an explanation of the Home Front Commands' duties during times of emergency.
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch on the way
13:00 - Continue on to Sderot, a small town in Israel's southern region where, since Israel withdrew its Army from the Gaza strip, this town has been under continuous improvised rocket attack from Palestinian Terrorists in Gaza and still is! Receive a briefing on the situation from the authorities and view the way people have had to adapt their lives to live with a continuous terror threat.
19:30 - Dinner at the Hotel
Day 6 - Wednesday
9:00 - 17:00 Protecting sensitive installations. Spend the day at the busy Metropolitan Hotel. Learn the principles of properly defending an institution or sensitive installation. Red team the Hotel's security in a full day exercise in counter terrorism taught by one of Bar Ilan' University's instructors.
13:00 - Lunch at the Metropolitan Hotel
Afternoon is a full scale exercise session conducted in and around the Hotel.
19:00 - Last night in Tel Aviv - dinner out
Day 7 - Thursday
8:15 - 10:00 Check out of Hotel and travel to Jerusalem
10:00 - 13:00 Start at Gilo, under attack during second intifada; drive to the checkpoint into Bethlehem; see how Israel has protected one its holiest sites, Rachel's Tomb: Visit the new Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa; drive through the Arab neighborhood of Sur Baher to east Talpiot; pass UN Headquarters - Armon Hanatziv; Goldman promenade view over the Temple Mount; view over the Temple Mount from the 7 Arches Hotel on top of the Mt of Olives; head to Mt Scopus for a view over E-1 area; drive north to Tel Ful, King Hussein's unfinished summer palace to look over the northern city borders with Ramallah. Pass along the security barrier to understand the proximity of Pisgat Zev and Beit Hanina, return via Mandelbaum Gate area.
13:00 - 14:00 Guests of the Ministry of Tourism for lunch
14:00 - 17:00 Old City - A most memorable visit to Jesus' Jerusalem and see the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Golgotha) and see the sites on the way from there to the Wailing Wall, all accompanied by a professional guide that will show you the most interesting parts of 5000 years of history.
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner - Completion of training. Certificates
Day 8 - Friday
Optional tour to the Fortress of Massada, Dead Sea - lowest point on earth.
According to Josephus, a 1st-century Jewish Roman historian, Herod the Great fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE as a refuge for himself in the event of a revolt. In 66 CE, at the beginning of the First Jewish-Roman War against the Roman Empire, a group of Jews, refusing to surrender, called the Sicarii, overcame the Roman garrison of Masada. After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, additional members of the Sicarii and numerous Jewish families fled Jerusalem and settled on the mountaintop, using it as a base for harassing the Romans and for Heroic resistance to the Roman Army. It was here that they decided not to surrender but to commit mass suicide. As such, this has become a symbol for Israel's strength and spirit.
Departure to USA from Jerusalem - Assembly times to be announced. The Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport is almost the same distance from Jerusalem as it is from Tel Aviv.
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Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Its financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for Bauhaus architecture, beaches and nightlife.
Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel (after Jerusalem), and the largest metropolitan area. It is on the Mediterranean coast. The official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo, and reflects the fact that the city has grown beside (and absorbed) the ancient port city of Yafo, to the south of the new city center, in addition to many other neighboring cities. Tel Aviv is home to most foreign embassies.
There are a lot to do in Tel Aviv, from the each to its various amusement and water parks, from the performing arts events to the sports venues, from its local markets to high-end shopping malls. Tel Aviv also hosts a number of festivals, as well as offers a range of restaurants for every budget and every taste.
This is the heart and soul of the Land of Israel, and one of the most emotionally and spiritually charged places on earth. The biblical references to "going up" to Jerusalem are literally true. Jerusalem sits atop the Judean Hills, a significant rise above both the coastal plan and the Jordan Valley also part of Israel. As one approaches the city on Highway 1 from Tel Aviv, the vegetation changes and the air grows cooler at the higher elevations, and the semi-arid climate gives way to a more temperate, varied climate. In the winter, Jerusalem occasionally sees snow, and in the summer, evenings are often cool enough to require long pants and a long-sleeve shirt.
Before the Six-Day War (1967), the city was divided, with the eastern portion, including the Old City and the Mount of Olives under Jordanian occupation. While formally united under Israeli rule, the city has always maintained two characters, and after the violence of the intifada, that division has sadly reemerged. The New City, the western section, is the portion that always remained under Israeli control, and it is almost exclusively Jewish, more cosmopolitan, and in some ways much like other Israeli cities. Other areas of the city remain mostly Arab as they have for the past 150 years. Here are located the Knesset and the government offices, the commercial and shopping districts, and most of the Jewish residential neighborhoods. The Old City, surrounded by the 500-year-old wall erected by Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, was the portion under Jordanian occupation from 1948-1967, and it is this portion which contains most of the significant historical sites and all of the holy places of interest to the three faiths.
The Old City itself contains four quarters, though these are not physical divisions and are, in fact, only loose descriptions. The Armenian Quarter was settled in the 4th and 5th Centuries by pilgrims from this first nation to adopt Christianity. With the end of Armenian nationhood in 1921 – and in the wake of the brutal Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks – the Armenian Quarter became the spiritual heart of the Armenian people in exile. Now, with Armenia once again an independent nation, it plays a less crucial role (and has fewer residents), but it is still one of the major centers of the Armenian Orthodox Church. The Christian Quarter contains the end of the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Various churches – Armenian, Greek Orthodox, Coptic, Roman Catholic, Maronite, and Ethiopian – compete for space and control in this holiest place of Christendom.
The Jewish Quarter was the refuge of the Old Yishuv for centuries, Orthodox Jews who came to Eretz Yisrael to study or simply to die. After the Jewish Quarter fell to the Arab Legion after the long and bitter siege in the 1948 War for Independence, the Jordanians expelled the remaining Jews and dynamited most of the buildings, including centuries-old synagogues and yeshivot. Following the reunification of the city in 1967, Israelis rebuilt the Jewish Quarter, and in the process, came upon many important archeological sites from the Second Temple period and the Temple's destruction in 70 C.E.
Finally, the Muslim Quarter contains the shrines that make Jerusalem the third holiest city in Islam, the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the Western Wall of Herod's platform which held the Temple -- the holiest place of prayer in Judaism. The Muslim shrines are built upon the site of the ancient Temple, a raised platform known as the Temple Mount ("Har ha-Bayit" in Hebrew) and "Haram al-Sharif" ("the Noble Sanctuary" in Arabic). The Western Wall is one of the outer walls of Herod's Temple Mount. The Temple was built here on Mt. Moriah, the place where Abraham bound his son Isaac for sacrifice, as well as the site where Muhammad allivated to heaven on his mythical beast al-Baraq. No place in Israel is more sensitive and more contentious.
The Dome of the Rock, which is famously known due to its distinctive gold dome, and blue moasic design is a not a Mosque but a shrine protecting the foundation stone/place of Muhamads ascension to heaven. It is a secondary Muslim pilgrimage site for those unable to make the Haj to Mecca. Historically the Temple Mount is the site of Solomons temple. Today the Temple Mount has limited access to non-Moslems and is accessible via the Mughrabi bridge Sunday through Thursday from 7:30-10:30 and 12:30-13:30 (an hour later for summer time).
Haifa is not as much of a tourist center. Many tourists skip it; that is a big mistake. Its bay is as beautiful as San Francisco or Naples. A place you can stay is the Dan Gardens Haifa Hotel on Yefe Nof Street at the top of Mount Carmel, with a spectacular view of the city and of Haifa Bay. This was formerly the Dvir Hotel, the student-training hotel of the Dan Corporation. Prices are reasonable, rooms are clean and recently renovated, and has breathtaking views. You can spend hours every evening just sitting on the balcony staring at the view (and drinking some fine Israeli wine). With the fall off in tourists, the service can be somewhat limited. More expensive options include the Dan Panorama and the Holiday Inn Bayview, both nearby.
Food for the whole period is included in the price. You will enjoy some special meals such as lunch guests of the Ministry of Tourism, or lunch at the 5-star Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv. Most dinners will be at the hotels where you stay, or a dinner out for a change of taste.
Explore Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa
Visit the Dead Sea
Arrive at the Newark Airport and you will be taking the non-stop flight to Tel Aviv. You will be accompanied by the organizer for the whole duration of the training time.