Israeli Knesset Opening Day Photos: Outside and In

Israeli Knesset Opening Day Photos: Outside and In

In Jerusalem, Israel,

 the 4th session of the 20th Israeli Knesset

opened this week after a long break.

Street closed before Knesset opening session

Early on, nearby streets were closed to traffic

but closings did not prevent protests.

Streets closed and people protesting near Israel Museum

In the road near the Israel Museum,

were visually impaired folks with their guide dogs.

Protesters across from KnessetCloser to the Knesset there were more groups protesting.

Once getting past the protesters,

and while waiting in the security clearance line,

Putting up flags for visit of Georgia President at Knesset

I saw the flags were being changed.

Israeli flags came down, and Georgian ones went up,

which meant a leader of Georgia

(not the US state) is soon on his way to Knesset.

Once inside,

must take a photo when you are at the Israel Knesset

here is the mandatory photo of the Knesset.

But, who else

View of Jerusalem Israel from Knesset building

 takes the Knesset view of where I live?

Arriving early takes off timing pressures,

Visitors to Knesset for opening session fall 2107

so there was plenty of time to oblige these young men with a photo.

Israel Knesset plenary hall

Being one of the first ones in the plenary hall

Israeli cameramen and webcam at Knesset

meant that I could get the seat behind the webcam.

Saving seats for friends at Knesset opening session

WomenWagePeace were there early too,

and saved front row seats in the visitors’ gallery.

Oren Hazan in Knesset

MK Oren Hazan was one of first

members of the Knesset to arrive,

but there were no infamous selfies like with Trump.

Oren Hazan in Knesset

He only wandered over to talk with the opposition.

Arab MKs in Knesset before opening session

I wonder what they were saying?

But promptly at 4:00 pm,

International ambassadors at Knesset opening session

the international ambassadors were seated

Israeli Prime Minister in Knesset at start of opening session

and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived.

President and Speaker of Israeli Knesset at start of sesssion

President Reuven Rivlin and Speaker Yuli Edelstein

took their seats at the dais and

the session was called to order.

At start of Knesset session hall not full

Many seats were still empty.

Nir Barkat greeting Sara Netanyahu at Knesset opening

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was one late arrival.

There were

Female security woman taking selfie at Knesset opening

selfies galore from spectators,

Opening Israeli Knesset

and MKs could also be found with cameras in hand.

Visitors at opening session Israeli Knesset

The diversity of guests seated

Gallery at opening session of Israel Knesset

throughout the galleries was obvious.

As the Speaker and President spoke,

Israel Knesset members

the room was respectfully, boringly quiet.

But as the Prime Minister got into his remarks,

MK Yair Lapid shouting out as Prime Minister speaks

Yair Lapid might have said something,

Not being quiet during speech, MK is escorted out of Knesset by security

but this MK would not stop shouting and was removed.

Israeli Knesset opening session

It was quite a show to behold

as Knesset members exited stage left.

When the Prime Minister returned to his seat

after touting Israel’s successes,

and responding to shouts from the opposition

by calling them “sourpusses,”

Prime Minister Netanyahu goes to sit down after speaking at Knesset

his ministers rose to shake his hand.

Knesset selfie

There were handshakes from coalition,

and more selfies.

Miri Regev taking photos on cell phone in Knesset opening session

MK Miri Regev seemed to be having a great time.

Deri and Leiberman talk during session of Knesset

Though he was one of last to arrive,

MK Aryeh Deri had MK Avigdor Liberman’s ear.

You know the expression,

“Read my lips?”

Well,

Ofir Akunis speaks with Prime Minister

many of those who spoke to the

Prime Minister covered their mouths,

like Mk Ofir Akunis above.

The leader of the opposition MK Yitzhak Herzog

was the final speaker in this part of the program.

The crowds filed out, as more visitors waited to get in.

Knesset near sunset after opening session

The Jerusalem streets were quiet

as the sun was setting,

and traffic returned to the littered, post-protest streets.

What an afternoon.

For more of the experience, here is a one minute video,

 as stills could not capture it all.

Now I am left wondering

how does anything get done in the Knesset?

18 Favorites of Sukkot in Jerusalem

18 Favorites of Sukkot in Jerusalem

What a busy holiday season!

It was impossible to do everything I wanted,

however, here are some of my favorites

from the week of Sukkot.

Jerusalem Theater Sukkah

I love that there is a sukkah outside the Jerusalem Theater.

Since getting painted a few years ago,

Sukka spray painted in bright designs

 this sukkah has become a local landmark.

Small sukkah at Beit Hanasi before Sukkot

This one was at Beit Hanasi,

the Israeli President’s Residence, but

the official Sukkah Open House featured

Map of world made of fruits and vegetables Israel produce

 this one with a population map of the world.

Made of Israeli flowers, fruits and vegetables,

it was so colorful and a perfect set for this TV reporter,

 before the public arrived to pass through.

Sukkot in Israel is an agricultural festival.

Types of avocado grown in Israel

These varieties of avocados were one of the many

agricultural products that were featured.

Musicians sitting above ground to perform at Israeli President's House

These musicians were floating on giant swinging triangles,

Giant bubbles to entertain children at Israel President Residence

and giant bubbles were also part of the entertainment.

But the real crowd pleaser seemed to be

Reuven Rivlin greets public at open house on Succos

when President Reuven Rivlin did a walkabout.

Cameras and families crowded around

as he made his way through the gardens.

The skies were already grey at the time

and the photos a bit dark,

but I was able to leave

Rain in Jerusalem in October, first of season

before the rain,

really hard rain, the first of the season.

Who would have imagined?

Rain in Jerusalem Israel on Sukkot

The streets filled with water.

People disappeared from the streets and sukkot,

as the water poured down.

Sukkah at Jerusalem Waldorf Astoria after hard rain

The atrium sukkah at the Waldorf-Astoria was dry,

since the windows above the schach were closed in time

to keep the large dining area dry and pristine.

Jerusalem, Israel sukkah

This simple sukkah standing alone

Sukkot on balconies in Jerusalem Israel

and all these on the side of this building,

are a few new ones to add to past favorites.

Israel Museum kite festival on Sukkot

The Kite Festival at the Israel Museum

Children with kites inside the Israel Museum for festival on Sukkos

has become an annual holiday event.

Sculpture at Israel Museum with sukkah in background open for visitors to use

Again a sukkah for visitors’ use was set in the

Billy Rose Sculpture Garden near

the blue ‘Trees” of Menashe Kadishman.

Sukkah in Sacher Park for public to use before Jerusalem March

In Gan Sacher, Sacher Park,

a sukkah was up for use in the park for

the annual Jerusalem March.

The weather was perfect that day,

Decorative umbrellas on rainy day

while umbrellas

Umbrellas above Yoel Salomon Street in Jerusalem Israel

and more umbrellas lined Yoel Salomon Street

as a popular display for visitors.

Independence Park afternoon rainy day one woman at Women Wage Peace

The Women Wage Peace rally to be held

in Independence Park got rained out,

 the park was empty from the morning’s heavy rain.

New at First Station for this holiday season,

#SheSparks Jerusalem sale for tourists

were the SheSparks displays of quality gifts.

Watch out for more from these talented women.

Musical programs in Jerusalem for Sukkot

Song and music and dancing,

filled the Jerusalem streets in too many locations to mention.

Shlomo Katz and Solomon Brothers performed for second hakafos in Jerusalem

One of several Thursday night musical events

featured Shlomo Katz and the Solomon Brothers

at the community center on Emek Refaim Street.

Thousands crowded to sing along,

to dance and watch the dancing.

Just a taste of what was happening in Jerusalem

this past holiday week.

Now back to “normal.”

Jerusalem March on Sukkot Amazing International Event

Jerusalem March on Sukkot Amazing International Event

 The 60th International Jerusalem March

took place during the intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday,

the Feast of Tabernacles, and again this year was a huge event.

Little boy in Jerusalem with international flags collected at Jerusalem Parade

Flags from 60 countries flew from the flagpoles

and small ones were given out to spectators.

Major Jerusalem streets closed for Jerusalem March on Sukkot

Major streets were closed for the 60,000 participants.

The starting point in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park,

Cl;owns in Jerusalem March pose for photos before the start of parade

was colorful, and not just because of these clowns.

Crowd in Gan Sacher watches as parade participants line up to march

Thousands of Israelis came

Sacher Park with thousands of people prior to Jerusalem March

and gathered in the central Jerusalem park,

to join in the parade,

Women with flags and shofar and colorful dress in Jerusalem March 2017

and to see the international visitors.

Jerusalem March 2017 gathering in Gan Sacher before walking to First Station

The weather was sunny and warm,

Ice cream cone treat on day of Jerusalem March in Gan Sacher

 a perfect time for an ice cream treat.

United Nations banner in Sacher Park for Jerusalem March

Here is the banner of the United Nations for Israel.

Shofars being blown by women in Gan Sacher before the Jerusalem March 2017

There were shofars blowing,

Jerusalem March participants in matching hats for parade to First Station

matching hats,

Blue stars on their cheeks and feather head dress for Jerusalem March

and more distinctive headgear,

Entertainment for children in Sacher Park on Sukkot

entertainment for children,

Two women taking selfies in park as Jerusalem March participants go to walk

and of course, selfies.

March for Zion banner in Jerusalem March on SuccosThousands walked and watched this March for Zion,

Jerusalem Parade on Sukkot

singing love from Philippines,

China participants in Jerusalem March

waving Israeli flags,

Flag of Jerusalem as banner in Jerusalem March 2017

or carrying a Jerusalem flag as a banner.

China participants in Jerusalem parade

This group from China,

besides distributing a flag or candy treat,

Young woman got a necklace from woman from China walking in parade

gave this woman a pearl necklace.

Costumes in Jerusalem March

One marcher’s costume had a US-Israel theme,

while right behind him came

Costume like huge gold wings in Jerusalem March

this woman spreading her golden wings.

Flags and marchers in Jerusalem on Succos

The enthusiasm and colors,

Jerusalem March man gives flag to spectators

the flags small and

Flags from around world in Jerusalem March on chol hamoed Sukkos

large, were everywhere.

Banner with bible reference in Jerusalem March

There were Biblical banners

Flags on international Jerusalem March

and Israelis flags, from countries far and wide

Indonesia marching in Jerusalem March

including Indonesia.

Banner saying Yerushalayim in Jerusalem March 2017

The love for Yerushalayim,

50 years of a unified Jerusalem,

overflowed,

Two police horses watching as Jerusalem March starts

as tens of thousands marched out

of the park and through

Jerusalem March leaving Gan Sacher on Sukkos

 the streets of Jerusalem, Israel, on Tuesday afternoon,

ending at First Station.

What a way to celebrate a beautiful day.