Last week was such a roller coaster week.
The President of India visited our President at Beit Hanasi
and signed the official guest book.
Now President Margvelashvili of Georgia
and the President Grybauskaitė of Lithuania are among thousands of visitors.
It is hard to keep track of the changing flags
which greet each country’s president at Beit Hanasi,
the Israel President’s Residence.
The Conference of International Mayors met here,
and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
is getting most of the media attention.
Five US Congressmen were here too,
expressing bi-partisan support for Israel
at a Town Hall style meeting before they returned to US.
Leaders of Jewish Federations of North America
paid a short visit to Israel after trip to Berlin,
and made a stop to meet President Rivlin on their way back to the US.
A few hours later the Rivlins switched roles,
and as doting grandparents hosted
the young children of police and security personnel.
This little fellow playing golf on the grounds was my favorite.
Was this a first for golf in Jerusalem, Israel,
this very mini-mini putt-putt?
Security is increased and visible.
Guards are back at this restaurant,
a site where a suicide bomber killed diners.
I saw this bag and took a photo.
I guess a careless delivery person put it there.
There was no explosion, so it was not blown up.
I am trying to remember whether the Ben and Jerry’s freezer was always
just off the street or was moved front and center
because of the “situation,” as many are eating more ice cream.
Meanwhile, thousands have arrived for the
World Zionist Congress and Hadassah Convention,
both to be held this week in Jerusalem.
I also want to get to Open House Jerusalem,
which features public visits of
of many beautiful sites in the city.
Plus, must get to the Israel Museum,
where five new exhibits are opening!
Oh, and on Thursday all movies are 10 shekels.
Am Yisrael Chai!
So much is happening in Jerusalem, Israel.