May 2022 Mission

HonestReporting Itinerary


May 23



December 1


Welcome to Jerusalem

Check-in to Inbal Hotel and explore the luxury facilities, including pool, gym and health spa.

Welcome reception and introduction:

“KeyNote Speaker”

Mark Regev, Israeli diplomat and civil servant who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies.

Dinner at Lechem, Basar, one of Jerusalem’s iconic restaurants at The First Station


May 24



December 2


Jerusalem at the Heart of Conflict

“The Struggle for Jerusalem”

Dr. Col. (res.) Reuven Berko, Middle East & Intelligence Specialist

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

HonestReporting continues to change the narrative about Israel at every stage of the news cycle by proactively holding the press to account before, during and after articles are published.

Daniel Pomerantz, CEO HonestReporting
Charles Bybelezer, Managing Editor, HonestReporting
will provide insights into our work alongside

Laura Cornfield, Director, MediaCentral

Visit to Ammunition Hill, a strategic Jordian stronghold guarding the northern approach to the Old City.

Field trip of Jerusalem with

Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former spokesperson for the Prime Minister.

Free evening to enjoy Jerusalem


May 25



December 3


Antisemitism: From Origins to Present

Half-day seminar at Yad Vashem, where we will address:

• The history of antisemitism
• Antisemitism in Europe during the early 20th century
• The re-emergence of global antisemitism

Lunch in Jerusalem

VIP visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to receive briefings and updates on Middle East developments from diplomats and senior policy makers

Dinner at Sheyan Asian cuisine fused with Jerusalem's eclectic atmosphere


May 26



December 4


The Evolution of Warfare Throughout the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Full-day Field Trip

We will examine the evolution of Israel’s warfare tactics over the past 50 years with IDF Major (Res.) Elliot Chodoff, Military Analyst


  • Travel to the Erez Border Crossing for an overview of the Gaza border region plus briefings by IDF spokesperson responsible for humanitarian aid into Gaza.Travel to the Erez Border Crossing for an overview of the Gaza border region plus briefings by IDF spokesperson responsible for humanitarian aid into Gaza.
  • Visit Kibbutz Alumim, located 3km from the Gaza border, for lunch, tour and meeting with families who are living under fire.
  • Exclusive demonstration of an advanced laser system to intercept explosive-laden balloons from Gaza
  • Tour Sderot shelters against rocket attack, to feel the reality of life under fire, followed by coffee and cake at Café Café, offering a chance to meet the local residents.

Dinner Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.


May 27



December 5


Jerusalem: The 2000-year Connection

“Walking Through History”

Experience Jerusalem’s Old City and Western Wall Tunnels with Lee Glassman, tour guide and historian

Leisurely lunch in downtown Jerusalem followed by free time for shopping and preparations for Shabbat

Candle lighting in Inbal Hotel lobby

“Any Questions?”

Round table discussion with HonestReporting’s editorial staff and traditional Shabbat dinner at hotel


May 28



December 6


Israel-Arab Relations

Free morning to enjoy Shabbat in Jerusalem (optional morning services, details available from hotel concierge). Breakfast is served until 11:00 am.

“Is it Dangerous to Tell the Truth About the PA?”

Khaled Abu Toameh, award-winning Arab-Israeli journalist focusing on the Palestinians

“My Unique Story”

Muhammad Zoabi, self-defined Israeli, Palestinian, Arab, Muslim, LGBTQ member who was recently discharged from the IDF

Buffet-style dinner at Inbal Hotel

“Middle East At Crossroads: Rise of Iran, Defeat of ISIS & Israeli and US Turkey Policies”

Seth Frantzman, Middle East Analyst, The Jerusalem Post
Havdalah, the traditional closing to Shabbat Tonight marks the start of Jerusalem Day; there will be many activities in Jerusalem.


May 29


Adriana Lobba, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons


December 7


Jerusalem Day: Has it been hijacked by the radical right?

Travel to Safra Square

home of the Jerusalem City Council for a tour of the area.
Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem in charge of foreign relations, international economic development and tourism

Festive lunch at Eucalyptus

Situated in the Artists’ Colony of Israel’s capital, located near the magnificent walls of the Old City.

Free afternoon to partake in Jerusalem Day celebrations


May 30



December 8


Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future

Private tour of Israel's Supreme Court

with a special emphasis on the unique complexities of the State of Israel

Return to Inbal Hotel. Check-out for those leaving (rooms to be vacated by 12:30 pm)

Tour of Menachem Begin Heritage Center

"50 Years Later: Legal Status of Judea & Samaria"

Professor Abraham (Avi) Bell, Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law and at Bar-Ilan University's Faculty of Law.

“How to Communicate so others listen”

Daniel Pomerantz, CEO, HonestReporting.
Closing event close to Inbal Hotel. Jerusalem