THE SIX DAY WAR: 50 YEARS AFTER
Welcome to Israel
Spend the week embarking on an introspective journey into the pinnacle year, where six days of war reshaped Israel and the modern Middle East.
On your first evening, enjoy dinner with a keynote speaker who gives you and overview of Israel and the modern-day repercussions of the Six Day War.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
Travel north today, stopping at the West Bank Settlement of Alfei Menashe for a short briefing on the current situation and a geo-political overview and visit the ‘Triangle’ – a concentration of Israeli-Arab towns adjacent to the Green Line.
Delve into the importance of water in the Middle East as you visit a variety of strategic points.
Continue to The Golan Heights – a rocky plateau of great strategic importance sitting above the Sea of Galilee and stretching to the border with Lebanon and Syria and receive a briefing of the area.
Strategic Challenges: Pre-and-Post 1967 in the Golan Heights
Ride jeeps along the line of volcanic hills, with an overview on Israel’s border with Syria, joined by veteran IDF soldiers who fought there in 1967.
Enjoy wine tasting and lunch at a local winery before continuing to a Druze Village where you meet the local leaders.
“Liberated,” “Occupied,” “Disputed”: The West Bank Since the Six Day War
Travel south towards Ancient Shiloh via the small villages in the West Bank as you discuss the settlements further with a scholar and expert on the subject.
Continue along the “Way of the Patriarchs” to Jerusalem, stopping at Ammunition Hill where you walk through the memorial site and adjacent trenches of this important battle site from Israel’s Six Day War of 1967.
Jerusalem: United or Divided?
Jerusalem is a microcosm of the Arab-Israeli conflict, conveying the human, political, and territorial dimensions. Stop at several observation points overlooking the security barrier, as well as checkpoints to the West Bank, for a geo-strategic survey of the neighborhoods surrounding Jerusalem. From this unique perspective, gain valuable insight into what the future may hold for the city.
Archaeology Through the Prism of the Conflict: The Holy Basin
Visit the City of David, the ancient capital of Jerusalem, established 3,000 years ago by King David. Continue to the Western Wall and Temple Mount before descending underground to the Western Wall Tunnels, offering a glimpse into the many layers that make up the long and storied history of Jerusalem.
Explore the alleyways of the Old City before a tasting tour through the Machane Yehuda fresh produce market. Take in the sights and sounds of this fantastic Jerusalem institution as you hear the stories of the many different ethnic backgrounds of the vendors who bring the wares to the market and see the influence from the incredible diversity of cultures: Morocco, Yemen, Iraq, Ethiopia, and so many more.
Tour the city of Hebron, visiting the Cave of the Patriarchs, the traditional burial place of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah.
Continue south to the city of Sderot, that borders Gaza, including a stop to view the accumulated missiles and rockets from the recent tensions between Israel and Gaza. Also pause at Nir Am for an overlook of the Gaza Strip.
Masada: The Six Day War and the Evolution of Israel’s National Symbols
Take a cable car or hike to the top of Masada to tell the ancient story of the 960 men, women, and children that were the last to resist the Romans during the Great Jewish Revolt almost 2000 years ago. The story of Masada has become synonymous with Israel’s quest for freedom and independence in modern times.
Spend the afternoon at the lowest point on Earth and experience effortless floating on the Dead Sea’s hypersaline waters.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Visit Israel’s parliament, The Knesset, for an understanding of the nature of Israeli democracy and the roles and responsibilities of the Knesset as you meet with politicians from all sides of the political spectrum.
Spend the afternoon with a variety of fascinating speakers, hearing about relevant issues of Israel’s past, present and future.
Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport for your flight home.