The President’s Conference for Tomorrow was held on October 20-22, 2009.
There were circling helicopters, flashing blue lights and sirens at times,
but most of the city was not involved unless you worked for a top tier hotel or
at the Jerusalem Convention Center, or had the job to hang the signs.
Last year, when President George Bush was in Jerusalem, street closings were the norm,
there was no way to not know he was around.
Sunday morning radio reported riots near the Kotel, the Western Wall.
There were reported injuries and arrests, but……..
see for yourself the real Jerusalem streets leading up to
and around the Old City early Sunday afternoon.
Thousands of tourists had no idea that there was any reason to be concerned.
Near the Kotel, Western Wall entrance
and inside at the Kotel Plaza, all appeared quite normal.
People strolled the alleyways as usual.
More presidents with the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency also meeting.
and more signs…
At The Hebrew University, the Truman Institute hosted sessions,
“15 Years Since the Peace Treaty Between Israel and Jordan.”
Not open to disagreement, it has been 15 years,
General Mansour Abu Rashid did offer a glass of water to fellow speaker Israeli Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubenstein and Harry S. Truman was a President.
and signing the guest book.
However, Updated: February 25, 2020, Israel and the US have had new Presidents, and 25 years after agreements with Jordan, perhaps another few glasses of cold water.
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since i cannot be there your comments and photos have great value for me. my wife and i were in Jerusalem in January 2008 for the snow. our apartment in the Wolfson Tower (just rented for 12 days) afforded a great view of the antics in the park. it was as if a blizzard had occurred. we loved it.