Rebecca Stadlen Amir
July 12, 2018

NBA All-Star and Golden State Warrior championship basketball player Draymond Green visited Israel on a four-day tour organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).

During the trip, Green met with Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, in Jerusalem. He presented Rivlin with a Warriors jersey.

“It’s not everyday you get to meet an All-Star! I hope this will be only your first visit to Israel, come back and visit us soon,” Rivlin tweeted.

Green also visited the base of an Israel Border Police counter-terrorism unit, Yamam. He played basketball with members of the squad and learned how they defend Israeli civilians. He presented the unit’s commander with a Golden State Warriors jersey bearing his number, 23.

Draymond Green with Maj. Gen. Yaakov (Kobi) Shabtai, Tamir Oppenheim, Yamam fighters and Green’s travel companions at the Yamam Sport Center. Photo courtesy of Israel Police Spokesperson Unit

FIDF’s Midwest Region executive director, Tamir Oppenheim, said Green “is such a role model for millions of people in the United States, and so we recognize how valuable his support is to FIDF and the State of Israel.”

Draymond Green places a note in the Western Wall. Photo by Oriel Gabriel/Western Wall Heritage Foundation

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