Long and Short of VP Mike Pence Jerusalem Visit

As always there is much happening

on these Jerusalem, Israel streets.

However, local news was overshadowed by

Knesset sign with US flag for Pence visit

the arrival of US Vice-President Mike Pence.

Flags on main streets,

US and Israeli flags on street near Knesset

while large flags, lined his motorcade route.

The visit was for two days.

Pence arrival in Jerusalem

Video cameras were ready at the official welcome

by the Prime Minister’s Office early Monday morning.

Honor guard for Pence arrival at PMO

An honor guard was getting ready for red carpet

greeting of the Tourist of Week.

The Vice-Presidential vehicle pulled in

VP Pence and Israel PM Netanyahu

and Vice-President Pence lined up with

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and

Head of State Protocol Meron Reuben,

surrounded by the watchful eyes of security.

View of arrival on Pence in Israel at PMO

After the White House press entered,

this was best photo I could get over the crowd.

The entire event took minutes,

and everyone went home.

Then in afternoon,

Security outside Knesset for Pence, end of motorcade

the Vice-Presidential motorcade arrived at the Knesset.

Before the Vice-President’s Knesset speech,

Thank you banner outside Knesset before US VP Pence spoke plenary session

supporters with thank you welcome banners lined the road.

Outside Knesset security watching people hold thank you banners for Pence

Security seemed a bit confused,

but did not complain about a positive demonstration.

Tuesday morning as I was walking near Mamilla Mall,

Trump bus in Jerusalem

I finally got my photo, not only of the Trump bus,

Bus painted to welcome US VP Pence to Jerusalem

but also one of the Welcome Pence buses.

Slow going from blocked streets and security,

was theme over the time of Pence visit.

But waiting in security line for the

Kotel, Western Wall,

Display boxes for Pence visit to Kotel

I was able to see these two display boxes,

for the Pences’ visit, carried by security,

also go through security checks.

It is hard to describe the layers of security.

View of white cloth covering view to Western Wall for Pence visit

 Routes to he Kotel Plaza were draped in white,

to block all views.

Pence visit view of Kotel

The entire area was closed to the public for hours.

Since the weather forecast was for rain,

tents and covers were constructed.

A small platform was constructed for media.

Kotel birds on stones

I took advantage of higher and closer spot to admire the birds.

However, the main event was eclipsed,

Male photographers at Western Wall

by female journalists who did not like being behind the men.

Once it was evident it would not be raining,

the white covering was removed.

As a short female photographer who is often blocked,

I was satisfied to stand on a chair supported by the barrier,

but others around me were furious.

More upsetting to me, was to see security blocking

the official White House press travelling with the VP.

White House press trying to get in to Western Wall area for Pence visit

They only had a few minutes to get in position,

we had been waiting for over two hours already.

On entering,

Pence with leaders of Western Wall Heritage Foundation

Vice-President and Karen Pence stopped to watch a video

about the Western Wall, giving

Western Wall as VP Pence arrived

 security and White House cameras time to get in place.

Pence at Western Wall with rabbis

Pence looked at a large book of Tehilim, Psalms,

with the two rabbis from the Western Wall.

VP Pence Jerusalem Western Wall

Blocking my shot (only can use the word now,

with so much insane security all around,

who knows how much trouble I would be in)

was a tall security guy in purple shirt!

Close up of VP Mike Pence at Western Wall

I got the photo, plus

 another 400, if you are interested,

Karen Pence at Western Wall with women saying psalm

but turned my attention to Karen Pence.

She was accompanied first to the display case,

then to another large Tehilim book,

by the two rabbis’ wives and Western Wall spokeswoman.

Karen Pence at Western Wall on visit to Jerusalem

Karen Pence stood alone,

and spent a much longer time

with her hand on the stones of the Wall.

Security for Pence visit to Western Wall

The entire time from when motorcade entered the plaza

until they raced away was 30 minutes.

Pence visit to Western Wall security on roof tops

From rooftops,

Western Wall for Pence visit

to the roads leading to the Old City,

vehicles and pedestrians were stopped.

Karen Pence shops in Arab shuk near Jaffa Gate crowd gathers until she leaves

A crowd gathered near Jaffa Gate as

Karen Pence stopped to do a bit of shopping,

before heading back home.

As I finally headed home,

Streets closed for VP Pence visit in Jerusalem

the road to the King David Hotel was still blocked.

Oh, so different from Vice-President Biden’s 2010 visit.

Azzza Street without cars at sunset on wet day

After the motorcade passed on the way to the airport,

it was getting dark on wet Jerusalem streets.

Some roads were still empty

while others were filled with blocked traffic.

The predicted rain waited and began to fall,

but did not spoil the visit.

Lots of waiting for events lasting minutes,

the significance of which we can only guess,

not your usual week in Jerusalem,

or maybe it really was.

20 thoughts on “Long and Short of VP Mike Pence Jerusalem Visit

  • January 25, 2018 at 5:27 am
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    Sharon as always you are able to really capture the essence of the situation.
    You are doing a great service in a special way!!
    Thanks
    Judy Spanglet

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    • January 25, 2018 at 7:51 am
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      Thank you, much appreciated. Shabbat shalom

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  • January 25, 2018 at 6:14 am
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    amazing photographs, Sharon. kol hakavod!for standing in the rain, walking for miles, and just plain caring.

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    • January 25, 2018 at 7:53 am
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      Actually got home before the rain came down too hard..but walking miles for sure, this week and standing around for hours. Thank you and Shabbat shalom

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  • January 25, 2018 at 7:51 am
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    Beautiful photographs, thank you for sharing and giving us a chance to see these up close moments during the visit.
    Blessings to you!

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    • January 25, 2018 at 8:01 am
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      Thank you! Shabbat shalom

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  • January 25, 2018 at 7:58 am
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    A truly historic moment – and you caught it beautifully! May we merit to see good things come from the Pences’ visit and from the Trump administration, please G-d.

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    • January 25, 2018 at 8:01 am
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      Thank you. Did you see any of the street closings or motorcades?

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  • January 25, 2018 at 12:48 pm
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    Beautiful shots! How can I contact you for (non-commercial, with attribution) use?

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  • January 25, 2018 at 1:40 pm
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    Dear Sharon, Thank you so much for the wonderful job you do of sharing what is going on in Eretz yisroel. You work hard at it, and we so much do appreciate it, and look forward to it. All the best, Marcia M.

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    • January 25, 2018 at 6:19 pm
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      Marcia So good to hear from you! Thank you and stay well. Shabbat shalom

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  • January 25, 2018 at 3:40 pm
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    As always, Sharon, you did a great job of capturing special moments.

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    • January 25, 2018 at 6:19 pm
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      Thanks! Shabbat shalom

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  • January 25, 2018 at 4:39 pm
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    Nice story with photos. Karen Pence has sweet smile.

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    • January 25, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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      Karen Pence was the story, so wondered what she was thinking or praying as she lingered. Also, appreciated VP Pence waited for her, even though they left in separate vehicles to different locations. Shabbat shalom

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  • January 25, 2018 at 5:29 pm
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    I look forward to receiving your pictures and posts each Thursday and I thank you for braving the crowds and bad weather to do so.

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    • January 25, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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      Adele
      Thank you so much for lovely and appreciated comment. Shabbat shalom

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  • January 26, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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    Sharon: Yasher Koach on the great photography.
    Shabbat shalom,
    Debora

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    • January 27, 2018 at 2:30 pm
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      Thank you. Shavuah tov.

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