Inside Israel: Feedback from Our Participants
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As a former participant of an HonestReporting Mission to Israel, I can attest to its high quality. The mission combines access to some of Israel's brightest speakers, in-depth tours, and an impressive support team to offer a great way to see Israel beyond the headlines, and begin to understand that complex country.”
– Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum
It is so important to let you know that as my 3rd Mission with HonestReporting, it has been my best mission yet thanks to the high standard you are maintaining and the incredible speakers and participants you attract. Nothing compares to what you are offering and when somebody counters the Arab Media efficiently on their own terms like Dr Mordechai Kedar, a standing ovation is an irrepressible relief! It is not a picnic to be confronted with these existential issues and I came away feeling deeply surprised, shocked and amazed, but more committed than ever.
The land and startling traditions of her people is always surprising; the relentless bias and misinformation that is being perpetuated by Israel's enemies and inadvertently collaborated by her supporters never fails to be shocking; and the comprehensive impact Honest Reporting's dedicated and professional team is making with 'limited' means is nothing short of amazing.
Thank you again for everything down to the last detail of the accommodation, culinary delights and incredible gifts we got.
– Ami B., Company Director, South Africa
HonestReporting's Mission exceeded my high expectations. It was first-class in every way. There's no other way I'd have gained direct access to such a variety of notable experts or visited problematic areas. The Mission enhanced my awareness of the complex issues Israel faces, and I hope to be a much more effective advocate for truth in the media.
– Carol Stein, Dresher, PA
Having been to Israel over 100 times, including many missions, I did not know what to expect on an HonestReporting Mission. However, the HonestReporting Mission was one of the best planned, substantive, high-level and upscale Missions which I have been on. The program was great, with outstanding and knowledgeable speakers. HonestReporting deserves enormous credit for providing a Mission that was first rate in every respect.
– Norman Lipoff, Past Chairman UJA and Lawyer
Please allow me to extend a sincere "thank you" to all of you for the wonderfully organized and coordinated trip! It was a pleasure to participate in such a phenomenal experience. When I signed up, I expected a great trip and a great learning experience; my expectations were met, exceeded, and then blown away! I appreciate the incredible work that must have gone into planning, organization, etc., and am very grateful for the amazing experience. Having never been to Israel before, I can't think of a better first visit – I learned so much that my mind is still processing half of it, and I can't wait to come back to Israel next year!
– Rachel Ford, Programmer-Analyst, WI
Most of the other Missions I considered were too touristy for my tastes. I'd been to Israel before and was looking for a sophisticated Mission that had political content. I found it. The HonestReporting staff sculpted a superior Mission that combined the finest thinkers in Israel, fine cuisine, and a sustained delivery of critical information that allowed an avowed MidEast news-junkie like me, to "put the puzzle together." Spiritually moving and well crafted, I recommend this Mission highly.
– Bruce, Clinical Associate Professor, New Jersey
I would like to congratulate you all at HonestReporting for the superb Mission you planned and delivered in May '07. As a non-Jewish participant, my motivation to attend stemmed from my interest in global politics, my concerns about the negative impacts of Islam on my Judeo-Christian Western culture and the very real threats to our freedoms and way of life, on a recognition that hypocritical and biased reporting against Israel exists, and on my interest in, and support for the continuing existence of a democratic, secular Israel. I believe that Israel is not just fighting for its existence, but is representative, more than ever before, of what can happen, and what is happening, in the West.
The HonestReporting Mission was varied, balanced, interesting and informative. Speakers from across the political spectrum were invited to speak, and all, despite their variety of stance and views, were courteously received. All were proponents or specialists of their respective fields at the highest levels. The variety and mix of politics, media, military history, history, culture and tours were excellent. The Jewish content was a brief, but stimulating introduction to Jewish religion and culture, and was in no way overbearing.
Thank you for a well-planned and wonderful experience, and an enlightening and balanced overview of the media's undoubted bias against Israel. The HonestReporting Mission undoubtedly will appeal primarily to supporters of Israel. They need to attend so that when they return to their countries they can help promote unbiased, fair and honest reporting of events in Israel and surrounding territories and countries, and can counter the media agencies and Israel's avowed enemies, who demonstrate or state unashamedly that they wish to see Israel destroyed. Israel and the West are equally at risk, and our survival depends as much on not losing on the media 'front' in the Middle East, as it does on winning.
– Warwick Stacey, Security Specialist, Melbourne, Australia
Great programming, exceptional and motivating speakers, delightful participants. A different and useful way of understanding Israel!