An ode to JINSA

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Jay N. Jacobson

BOCA RATON, Florida — Last year I went to Washington for the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) Board of Advisors meeting.  I was so impressed that in early December this year, my wife Lorita and I went back.  It’s an amazing organization.  They have instituted many programs that no other organization is involved with.  I will only mention four that I think are important.

* Every summer JINSA sends 30 cadets from our Military Academies to Israel for a personal and  intensive interaction with their Israeli’s counterparts. 

JINSA also invites retired flag and general officers who are still active in areas of National Security Policy to Israel for intensive discussions with their Israeli counter parts, and also meet with the highest level of Israel’s civilian leadership.  They come away with a better understanding of the threats Israel faces, and the resources it brings to meet those threats, as well as ways in which the U.S. and Israel can cooperate  for our mutual security interests.

* Combating terrorism has become the single most intense issue in American and Israel law enforcement. JINSA’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP) brings American law enforcement officials to Israel for crucial counter-terrorism training with the Israel National Police. And JINSA’s  popular national security forums, conferences and JINSA Reports educate community leaders across America about terror threats and how they’re being met.

* JINSA members put their money where their mouths are when it comes to supporting the young men and women who serve in our Armed Services.  For the last six years, JINSA members have supported a holiday appeal on behalf of deserving soldiers and their families. They have distributed over a half a million dollars to families that have a breadwinner serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries abroad, or have had a  family member killed in action.

* In 2003 JINSA created and presented the first Grateful Nations award, which sought to honor an outstanding representative from each of the five services and the United States Special Operations Command.

Each year since, six young heroes have been honored by JINSA for having distinguished themselves through exceptional, superior conduct in the war against terrorists and their sponsors.  The Chairman and all the Joint Chiefs of Staff attend this dinner.

Honorees are chosen by their respective services and come from the enlisted, noncommissioned officer and/or junior officer ranks.  There was not a dry eye in the room when a young girl of nine or ten accepted the posthumous for her father who was killed in Afghanistan.

I know there are many who care as deeply as Lorita and I do about the future of Israel and the United States, and recognize that these are challenging times. We shake our heads as Israel continuously receives misguided and unwarranted condemnation on the world stage – and even within the Jewish community – simply for exercising the right to defend her citizens.  JINSA is the Jewish organization whose sole purpose is national security – for the United States and  Israel.

* JINSA played a major role in advising the United States  national security establishment not to put troops in the Golan. JINSA was one of the first organizations to issue warnings about the Iranian nuclear program. Two decades ago – when most Americans thought domestic terrorism was something they’d see only in science fiction films – JINSA was already warning about threats that are all too real today.

Right now, the U.S is talking about using multinational forces as “peace keepers” in the West Bank, substituting for the security presence of the IDF. JINSA is well placed to provide professional military analysis detailing the potential problems that such a force would create.  

The future of the United States, of Israel – and indeed of true democracy everywhere – all depend on the outcome of the issues JINSA deals with every day.

Jacobson is a Jewish community activist who divides his time between Boca Raton, Florida, and Minneapolis, Minnesota


  1. carol ann goldstein
    January 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    The following are comments I have made recently which I believe are petinent to issues raised by Jay N. Jacobson:
    I ask Shoshana Bryen to be concerned about the security of all residents of Isreal and Palestine. I have read accounts of the regular abuse and attacks on Palestinians and their property by settlers with no actiion taken by the Isreali police and IDF against thest settlers. All people should have the right to live in peace and safety.

    The blockade of the Gaza Strip and the security barrier are barriers to peace and create a miserable life for the Palestinians locked in Gaza and the West Bank.

    It was President Bush and his cabinet who decided to reduce the effort in Afghanistan and start a war in Iraq. One must examine US foreign policy since WWII in the Middle East, and European colonialism in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as the roots of the current terrorism around the world.

    We must not forget that September 11, 2001 happenend on President Bush’s watch. We must not forget that President Bush and VP Cheney refused to testify under oath and publicly before the commission that investigated the 9/11/2001 attacks; Bush and Cheney testified secretly and not under oath as they demanded. We must not forget that there was no investigation of who was responsible for the 9/11/2001 attacks; everyone on the planes was killed and it was assumed that the 19 Middle Eastern Muslim men on the passenger manifests were guilty of the attacks – it was not that long ago that the appearance of Jewish names on a passenger manifest would have been deemed them guilty of whatever crime happened.

    The actions of Israel will not bring peace and security and will only create more hate and violence. Israel claims to be a democracy, a land of equality and a strict observer of human rights- the actions speak louder than the words and should be a concern of the various Jewish groups who continually blame everyone instead of looking in the mirror and doing a soul searching of the Israeli nation.
    There is no military solution.

    I believe there should be no double standards. The ZOA complains about “the activities of George Galloway, a radical Israel-bashing member of the British Parliament”. However there are a number of American individuals who have been part of the US government who appear on tv and radio talk shows, write books and articles, appear at various events as speakers, are members of conservative think tanks and have websites;
    these individuals use these methods to get their message of hate and fear out – a message that is anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim. These individuals should be investigated along with George Galloway. Some of these individuals are:
    William Kristol
    Richard Norman Perle
    Douglas J. Feith
    Daniel Pipes
    No country, race, religion or nationality should be demonized by anyone or any group. We should be encouraging tolerance not spreading hate and fear.
    There should be a civil discussion of issues in an effort to find a solution. No country or person is perfect and each needs to be receptive to constructive criticism. So Israel, Mr. Galloway, William Kristol, Richard Norman Perle, Douglas J. Feith and Daniel Pipes each need to examine any problems that need to be fixed.

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