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In marking the expulsion of 850,000 Middle East and North African Jews, and in the backdrop of the recent Abraham Accords, a common thread among speakers was that Mizrahi Jews can play a particular role in furthering Israel’s relationship with Arab and Muslim countries.

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Officers are placed in simulated crises, “where there are no good or bad decisions, only least worst decisions to choose from, under pressure and under uncomfortable conditions. This is based on the understanding that when they find themselves in tough situations in the field, they will say, ‘Wait a second! I remember what this feels like,’ ” Col. Shahar Back tells JNS.

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