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National Security Trip to Israel

National Security Trip to Israel

A Behind the Scenes Look at Israel's National Security Strategies

FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel is a seven day trip for D.C.-area young professionals pursuing careers in national security. The twenty selected participants will enjoy conversations and high-level meetings with senior government officials and experts on a host of security issues. Topics may include: the strategic implications of a nuclear-armed Iran, Palestinian Islamist movements, cyber warfare and lawfare, and Israel’s other manifold regional security concerns. These intimate conversations will be supplemented with hands-on activities with Israel’s top national security practitioners.

Previous National Security Trips to Israel included private meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ron Dermer (current Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.), Meir Dagan (former Director of the Mossad), Shaul Mofaz (former Minister of Defense), Mark Regev (former international spokesman for the Prime Minister) and other senior Israeli government officials as well as Palestinian officials including then-Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. Meetings also include conversations with former reporters and other policy influencers, such as Ehud Ya’ari (Channel 2 reporter), Avi Issacharoff (The Times of Israel writer), and renowned historian Bernard Lewis. Experiential trips have included a visit to Microsoft, the Iron Dome, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, the Security Barrier, Ramallah and Rawabi and tactical training at elite army installations.

The selected participants will be accompanied by FDD subject-matter experts throughout the trip. The goal is to establish long-term relationships that will help participants advance their career in government service. Additionally, upon returning from the trip, trip participants will be integrated into FDD’s alumni network, which includes mentorship opportunities and invitations to exclusive events with Washington’s policymakers.

Dates: May 25 - June 3, 2016

Cost: $400*


  • Participants must be U.S. citizens who have already visited Israel on an organized program or who have spent significant time in Israel (previous travel to Israel is a requirement for eligibility)
  • Participants must be professionals working in or interested in pursuing careers in counterterrorism and national security
  • Participants must be based in the DC or NY area
  • Participants must be between the ages of 26-35
  • Participants must attend three program sessions in Washington DC (one per month in April, May, June)

Price includes round-trip airfare from JFK and accommodation in Israel. There will be several independent meals during the course of the program and participants will be responsible for their own transportation to/from JFK airport.

Applications for the 2016 National Security Trip to Israel are now closed. Applications for the June 2017 trip will open in Winter 2017. To be notified when applications become available, please CLICK HERE.