To what shall I describe SIS Summer Abroad in Israel to? Fun, angst, or sights and sounds of Israel.
The trip is an awesome experience of education and tourism, of politics and cyber security, of water crisis and land ownership in Israel. Prior to this trip I did not know about the two other ethnic nationalities in the state of Israel that is the Druze and the Bedouin each with interesting culture and hospitality.
During the period I discovered living here is expensive especially food and mineral water. We also visited the Bahai Gardens. The garden attracts tourist from all over the world. It is a posh garden that endears my heart to live there. Another great discovery of this trip is the type of food people eat here. Often it is stand up lunch. My favorite is Humus!
Meetings in the Knesset were very interesting at most complex given different schools of thought within the Knesset. The left wing leader was impressive on what she will do if by omission she becomes Prime Minister. She says she would go to Abbas and that she will never depart till a solution is reached and signed. Both MK's from the Likud party and Joint party are too far apart from reality.
Visiting Yad Vashem and Mt. Herzl - Israel's National Cemetery is important. Walking through the Hallowed halls of Yad Vashem I was touched by one particular inscription. It reads "It is not about how many Germans Killed, It is about how many Jews saved."
Finally, the trip to Golan heights with lunch at Golan Brewery is a choice I greatly recommend. Sincere thanks to Hebrew University the Rothberg International School, all our guest speakers, our shuttle drivers and our tour guides.
Chiz O Chukwu
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