Mr. Anshel Pfeffer may be right as far as any established program should go through re-evaluation of its goals, specially in today's world of information overflow, on top of such a dynamic place like Israel. Yet, if this program, as it is, can annually return even a small amount of lost young jews into the pro-Israeli lobby, it is blessed and should continue in full steam. Now, about the more clarified few, the program will serve in the worst case as a nice vacation way to spend their pocket money, while as a better option, will serve as a choice of recommendation for their sexual-drug busy friends, who will hopefully fall in future lobies too.
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