2013 was an eventful year for JINSA's Military Academies Program. In addition to two trips to Israel this summer, the two most senior IDF officers in the United States briefed Cadets and Midshipmen at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
2012 saw JINSA’s Military Academies Program in Israel double in size, allowing 57 future U.S. military officers from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and the Coast Guard Academy to experience Israel in a hands-on manner that emphasized personal interactions with Israelis from all backgrounds but especially their IDF counterparts.
Read the firsthand accounts of Cadets and Midshipmen who traveled to Israel with JINSA's Military Academies Program. This program creates a unique and rare opportunity for American cadets and midshipmen to interact with their counterparts in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) – a relationship we view as critical for the future cooperation between these two allies.
What becomes clear from these reports is their relative lack of knowledge about the region prior to the visit and the participants’ desire to know more. Their understanding of the complexity of the Middle East is dramatically enhanced, as nearly all participants comment on the differences between the Israel they have seen on television and the Israel they visited with JINSA. Some participants noted a changed sensitivity to how the news covers the IDF, or can now recognize that the media has manufactured Jerusalem to seem like an active war zone.
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