Tamir Gofshtein grew up in Israel, served in the Israeli Defense Force (the IDF) for more than the required
three years, and was stationed in the West Bank. Tamir was in the COGAT unit (“Coordination of Government
Activities in the Territories”) and worked as intermediaries between the Israeli government, the IDF,
and the many European, American and U.N. non-governmental agencies that observe and provide services to the
Palestinians in the West Bank.
Most people do not know that the Israeli government provides government services to thousands of Palestinians
in the West Bank. Tamir helped oversee the development of infrastructure projects for the Palestinian
community, including roads, water treatment plants, clinics, schools, and emergency medical services.
He comes with stories to tell about life in Israel, growing up in a country that, for much of their youth, was
under nearly constant terrorist attack. He can tell the normal stories of family, teenage life, and friends
daily life for young adults. Tamir can also tell of his experiences reaching out to non-Israeli communities
around the world.