Today was sunny, clear and warm in Jerusalem, Israel.
The flowers offered a colorful ‘Welcome to the Knesset.”
The streets outside were unusually quiet.
But inside was a different story.
With Israeli flags flying, there were three puffs of white clouds
over the Israeli Knesset building and Reuven Rivlin was elected Israel’s 10th president.
This was our most recent close-up photo of outgoing President Shimon Peres.
Before his trip to Rome to see the Pope,
Peres hosted basketball player Pau Gasol at Beit Hanasi,
the official Israeli President’s residence.
The seven-foot tall Gasol plays for the LA Lakers,
but also was on the Spanish Olympic team,
and presented Peres with a team shirt.
Gasol signed the shirt as requested.
Though looking serious in this photo,
Shimon Peres made a few age and height jokes
and posed for an official photo with a mixed Arab-Jewish teen basketball team.
One thing for sure, Peres’ staff had schedules that ran like clockwork,
with the diplomats leaving as the basketball players arrived,
and when we left another event was being set up.
RJS’ first close-up photo of Shimon Peres is from October 2009,
no age jokes now.