Last weekend ten of our program participants went to Jerusalem for a Security Issues Shabbaton sponsored by Masa Israel. The weekend featured speakers from security, military, and journalistic perspectives who brought professional expertise and personal experience to the conference. From Hezbollah to Hamas to Iran to the Security Barrier to the midterm elections in the states, the weekend offered a wide range of topics.
The pre-Shabbat tour of Jerusalem included a trip to Gilo, a Jewish community located outside of the Green Line, where a security expert from Haifa University showed the Security Barrier and the road to Gush Etzion. Participant Katie Vogel shares her reflection below: