Shabbat Dinner With American Friends of Likud

American Friends of Likud is partnering with Manhattan Jewish Experience for an Exclusive Young Leadership Event Shabbat Dinner in NYC on Friday, December 20th at Fifth Avenue Synagogue (5th & 62nd).

Featured speaker will be Capt. (res) Barak Raz to discuss: The Israel-Palestinian Conflict:  Opportunities & Threats in Light of Recent Negotiations.  Attendees are expected to include Michael Lichtenstein, Yechiel Lichtenstein & others.  

Captain (Res.) Barak Raz is a former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson, just recently finished seven years of national service in the IDF, serving most recently as the Spokesperson for the Judea & Samaria Division of IDF Central Command – the IDF’s largest and most complex division, responsible for the region also referred to as the West Bank. Barak was also responsible for all media and public diplomacy efforts of the division, working with organizations and individuals from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and around the world, including government officials, media, NGOs, human rights organizations, civic organizations, and more.

Barak’s previous positions in the Spokesperson’s Unit include Head of North American Media Desk (spokesperson on the IDF General Staff level, responsible for representing the IDF to North American media and coordinating all IDF media efforts with the North American media), Instructor and commander at the IDF School for Communication, and Foreign Press Branch Operations Officer.

Experiences as an IDF spokesperson include the recent period of escalation in violence and tensions in the West Bank (Jan.-Apr. ’13), Operation Pillar of Defense (Nov. ’13 Gaza operation), Operation House of Drawing Water (Oct.-Dec. ’11 prisoner release in exchange for kidnapped soldier SFC Gilad Shalit), Operation Sea Breeze (May ’10 IHH flotilla), Operation World’s Edge (Jan. ’10 Haiti search, rescue, and medical delegation), Operation Four Spices (Nov. ’09 interception of weapons-laden M/V Francop), Juniper Cobra Exercise (Oct.-Nov. ’09 combined US-Israel air defense exercise), Operation Cast Lead (Dec. ’08-Jan. ’09 Gaza operation), Operation Return Thy Sons (Aug. ’08 prisoner exchange on Israel’s northern border), and many more incidents of high public interest.


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