the principal lesson learned on the trips is that without a strong Israel and a strong army, there can be no guarantee for a future Jewish existence.This is of course one of the lessons of the Holocaust. However, visiting Poland is also a valuable chance for Israeli kids who have inherited a tradition of negating and looking down on the Diaspora to discover that perhaps something of value took place there after all, and to form a new relationship to what is after all their own history. As the Polish President told Education Minister Livnat:
"What is important is what the youth see when they visit Poland. We think it is not enough to show what happened during the Holocaust - they need to know something about 800 years of Jewish life in Poland that preceded the tragedy."Of-course, his agenda, softening Poland's image in Israel, is not the same as mine. But he is still correct.