April 27 – May 4, 2020 Mission Itinerary

Find out what is happening and when (Draft Itinerary - subject to change)

Welcome to Israel

April 27th

Check-in to the David Citadel Hotel and explore the luxury facilities, including pool, gym and health spa.  Hospitality desk open 12pm – 3pm

Introductions and orientation at the David Citadel Hotel with Daniel Pomerantz, Executive Director and senior staff.

Buffet dinner at the hotel.

We will join together in solidarity with Israel, standing for a minute as the siren sounds ushering in Memorial Day, Israel’s national day of remembrance for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, followed by a meeting with Kay Wilson, British-born motivational speaker, Israeli tour guide, jazz musician and cartoonist. She is the survivor of a brutal terror attack that occurred while she was guiding in December 2010.

Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)

April 28th

We will be travelling on the Jerusalem light-rail to Mount Herzl where we will have a guided tour of the final resting place for many of the Jewish state’s leaders over the years, and soldiers killed in battle. After the siren we will hear from the mother of Staff Sergeant Max Steinberg z”l, a lone soldier from Los Angeles, who was killed in 2014.

Travel to HonestReporting’s international offices in downtown Jerusalem.

“Media Showdown: How They Harm; How We Fix!”

We’re the only organization that changes the conversation about Israel at every stage of the news cycle: before, during and after –

  • Daniel Pomerantz, Executive Director,
  • Simon Plosker, Managing Editor, HonestReporting,
  • Laura Cornfield, Director of MediaCentral.

“How Can We Live Together?”

Suleiman Khatib and Lilach Verman, peace activists working for a better tomorrow through the medium of sport and arts.

Dinner and entertainment in Jerusalem where Israelis and tourists celebrate Israel’s 72nd Independence Day.

Happy Birthday Israel!

April 29th

Bus leaves for a special holiday visit to Gush Etzion with our guide Yarden Frankl

  • Topographic view and and significance of the region from Neve Daniel lookout;
  • Watch a movie depicting the history of the region;
  • Meet with residents of Gush Etzion; receive security briefings.
  • An overview of the military situation prior to 1948 and up to the War of Independence at the tomb of the Prophet Samuel, which overlooks the city of Jerusalem and the surrounding area, visible from miles around.

Join thousands of Israelis celebrating Israel’s Independence Day with a barbecue. We will be hosting an HonestReporting feast, joined by staff and their families.

“The Struggle for Land”

April 30th

Full-day field trip discussing the roots of the conflict with IDF Major (Res.) Elliot Chodoff, a leading military analyst.

During the day we will:

  • Analyze the history of pan-Arab terrorism;
  • Discuss the threats facing Israel today;
  • Visit Gilo,overlooking Beit Jala, from where sniper attacks occurred for many years;
  • Stop at the Abu Dis Security Fence, to discuss the impact of the security barrier on eastern Jerusalem residents;
  • Visit the Mount of Olives, the “Historic Basin,” and discuss possible solutions for peace.

“If I forget thee O Jerusalem”

May 1st

“The Struggle for Jerusalem”

A short seminar to examine the various claims regarding ownership of Jerusalem.

Walking Through History

A tour of Jerusalem including the Old City and Western Wall Tunnels with Patrick Amar, tour guide and Jerusalem expert.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch in downtown Jerusalem followed by free time for shopping and preparing for Shabbat.

Welcome the Shabbat with candle lighting in the lobby of the David Citadel Hotel.

“Any Questions?”: a chance to catch up with HonestReporting Editors in a round table discussion.

Join HonestReporting staff and their families for a traditional Shabbat dinner at the David Citadel Hotel.

Minority Relations

Saturday (Shabbat)*
May 2nd

Free morning to enjoy Shabbat in Jerusalem. Optional Shabbat morning services (options available from hotel concierge).

“Is it dangerous to tell the truth about the PA?”

– Khaled Abu Toameh – award-winning Israeli Arab journalist reporting on the Palestinian territories.

“A Complex Relationship: Christians in the Holy Land”

– Rev. Dr. Petra Heldt – Lutheran Minister living and working in Jerusalem for over 20 years.

Buffet-style dinner at the David Citadel Hotel.

 “Time to Counter the Manipulation and Tell the Truth”

– Ali – an Arab Muslim, resident of a refugee camp in the disputed territories.


Havdalah – bringing the Shabbat to a close in the traditional way.

* The HonestReporting program takes place with Shabbat observance in mind.

“Israel: Pre-State Zionism”

May 3rd

Full day trip with Lee Glassman, tour guide and archaeologist

Leave for the famous Palmach Museum where we will join the group of young Palmach recruits from its establishment and advance through the story of the Palmach until the end of the War of Independence.

Lunch in Tel Aviv.

Visit Independence Hall where, on the 5th day of Iyar 5708, May 14th 1948, the day before the British Mandate in Palestine was to expire, members of the Provisional State Council assembled in the museum and declared the establishment of the State of Israel.

Overview of the military situation prior to 1948 and up to the War of Independence at the Machal Monument.

Remembering the Past; Looking to the Future

May 4th

“What’s Going on in the Knesset?”

An overview of Israel’s system of government, prior to our visit to Israel’s parliament.  

Private tour of the Knesset with former MK Dov Lipman. Meet with members of the current government.

“Left/Right: Who’s Right?”

A frank discussion on Israel’s future with representatives from opposing political camps.

Return to David Citadel Hotel. Check-out for those leaving today (rooms to be vacated by 12.30pm).

Light lunch at David Citadel Hotel.

“From the Balfour Declaration to the Rebirth of Israel – From the Perspective of International Law,”

– Professor Eugene Kontorovich, head of the International Law Department at the Kohelet Policy Forum, a Jerusalem-based think tank. 

“How can you win any debate about Israel in 2 minutes?”

Neil Lazarus, Director of AwesomeSeminars.com, leads a workshop on practical Israel advocacy training.

“The World is Changing and So Are We: What’s Next?”

– Daniel Pomerantz, Executive Director, HonestReporting.

Closing dinner and remarks at Kedma Brasserie, in the Mamilla Mall, featuring a high-level dining experience with a breathtaking view of the Jaffa Gate, the Dormition Abbey and the Tower of David.

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for those flying tonight.

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