Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (3rd from left) brought his family to the Caliber 3 anti-terror training facility in Gush Etzion, Israel. (Twitter/Facebook)
Jerry Seinfeld is getting heat for bringing his family to take part in a civilian anti-terror training course in Israel’s Gush Etzion while in the country for a comedy performance. The experience was just another sign of the Jewish comedian’s long-standing connection to Israel.
After appearing in Tel Aviv on December 30, Seinfeld and family spent ten days touring the country. Last week, the Seinfelds participated in a course for tourists held at the Caliber 3 training facility in Gush Etzion.
“Finally we are allowed to tell you! Jerry Seinfeld and his family were in Caliber 3,” the organization posted on their Facebook page. “During their visit to Israel last week, they came to us for a special and exciting activity with displays of combat, Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts), assault dogs and lots of Zionism. It was great.”
The course is for tourists, but the anti-terror training is quite real. Caliber 3, located in Gush Etzion, is the largest anti-terror training facility in Israel and even has a branch in San Diego. Yael Gat, spokesperson for Caliber 3, sees the tourist program as a national and religious imperative.
“We work from the imperative stated in the Book of Samuel,” Gat told Breaking Israel News.
He ordered the Judites to be taught [The Song of the] Bow. II Samuel 1:18
“In addition to the practical training, we present [participants] with the situations Israeli civilians and the IDF have to face on a daily basis,” Gat said. “We explain to them the ideals that are important to maintain while coping with these difficulties. We work hard to give the participants a better understanding of a Israel, in some ways far more realistic than the the average tourist.”
“At the end of the course, we present the participants with a certificate in a ceremony that includes singing Hatikvah (Israeli national anthem), every person in their language,” Gat explained. “It is very touching and many participants get quite emotional, walking away with a deeper connection to our country.”
But the immediate negative reaction to Caliber 3’s post about the Seinfelds was so strong that Caliber 3 was forced to remove the post. Glenn Greenwald, who has been criticized for his anti-Israel bias as a journalist for the Guardian, was especially harsh, tweeting that Seinfeld visited an “anti-terror amusement park in occupied Palestine.”
Eric Thurm, a culture writer for the Guardian and Rolling Stone, tweeted, “I can never unsee Jerry Seinfeld gleefully posing with a machine gun at an IDF fantasy camp.”
Steven Salaita, a professor whose offer of employment was withdrawn by the University of Illinois due to accusations of anti-Semitism, tweeted, “Jerry Seinfeld took his kids to play war games with the IDF. So cute, right? Now imagine the reaction if, say, Bella Hadid posed with the PFLP or DJ Khaled (brandishing a machine gun) hung out with Hamas.”
This was Seinfeld’s second time performing in Israel but his personal connection to the Holy Land goes back to a short stretch volunteering on Kibbutz Saar when he was sixteen years old.
Established in 2003 by IDF Special Forces Colonel (retired) Sharon Gat, Caliber 3 offers a wide range of courses, preparing security personnel, police, working with the IDF, and training civilians for personal protection. It also offers tourist programs that can include krav maga (Israeli martial arts), weapons training, urban combat paintball, combat rappelling, and wilderness survival. Included in the course is a simulated attack in a mock open-market.
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One thing about the agreement, in any event, is irrefutable: almost nobody in the Western world has been clamoring for this. It is, quite simply, a project of the globalist elites. It is a UN power-grab.
The waterfront in the Chilean city of Valdivia. Photo: Arvid Puschnig via Wikimedia Commons.
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New immigrants to Israel arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Aug. 17, 2016. Photo: Reuters / Baz Ratner.
A top Israeli minister called on the government on Sunday to craft a “comprehensive plan” to encourage the aliyah of French Jews.
In Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett’s view, there has been a “historic missed opportunity” in recent years to bring more French Jews to Israel as immigrants.
“There are 200,000 French Jews who want to come here, and the state bureaucracies simply aren’t prepared for it,” Bennett, who also serves as education minister and head of the right-wing HaBayit HaYehudi party, claimed at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. “These are ethical people, Zionists, lovers of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, and it is our moral obligation to help them.”
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An Israeli commando from Yahalom, an engineering unit, takes part in a tunnel-hunting drill near Tel Aviv, March 7, 2012.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Likud activists on Dec. 2 that was both defensive and combative toward law enforcement authorities. He complained about the supposedly suspicious timing of the police announcement recommending his indictment for taking bribes in Case 4000, coming as it did one day before Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh concluded his term in office.
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s hatred of Hamas is far from secret. But Abbas is now defending Hamas because he despises the Trump administration, which has sponsored a UN draft resolution that condemns Hamas. Pictured: Abbas (right) meets with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on May 30, 2007 in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Abu Askar/PPO via Getty Images)