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Washington Redskins Players Train with IDF Soldiers

Oh to be a Washington Redskins Israel-hater right about now

Two NFL players from the Washington Redskins trained with Israeli soldiers on Thursday as part of an introduction to the country’s military drills.

Running Back Adrian Peterson and Cornerback Josh Norman completed obstacle courses and took lessons in Krav Maga at Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel, before receiving a briefing about the military landscape in the Middle East.

“It’s amazing to get in there and train with these guys, because they are at the top of their game at being in combat,” Norman told Fox News.

The NFL athletes were also briefed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on threats that Israel faces from places like Gaza, Syria and Lebanon.

Part of the day’s events involved learning how combat soldiers prepare for battle.

“We are proud of what we do to protect Israel and to have the opportunity to share with these athletes, that play such an empowering and physical sport, the way in which we train IDF troops,” IDF Major Roy Yovulznik said.

Peterson and Norman came to Israel as part of a collaboration with RoboActive #2069, an Israeli high school group that participates in the International FIRST Robotics Competition.

Both Peterson, who runs the A&A Peterson Family Foundation, and Norman, who runs the Starz24 Foundation, say they’d like to return to Israel to continue their philanthropic efforts.

“I think the whole Israel experience has opened my eyes up to so much more,” Norman said.

Josh Norman also tweeted this great picture while he was here

Update: I am not a follower of the sport, but I just found out Josh Norman was released from the Redskins last month.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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