Though we are known as Israel Team, our official full name is Israel Team Advocates International. When we chose the name, we discovered that the acronym, ITAI, has an even deeper meaning. “Itai” is actually a Hebrew name meaning “friend/with me”, and is one of the more popular Jewish names for newborn sons in Israel today.
It appears in the Bible in II Samuel as the name of one of King David’s generals—a Philistine, not a Jew—who committed himself to stand by David when he was pursued by Absalom. General Itai is an example of a loyal non-Jew who is grafted into the nation of Israel. The other Itai was one of the 30 mighty men of King David.