Israel Brief January 10, 2013: Snow blankets parts of Middle East, Jerusalem Photos



Snow blankets parts of Middle East, Jerusalem (PHOTOS)

Snow covers the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City January 10, 2013. (AMMAR AWAD – REUTERS)

Four to six inches of snow fell in Jerusalem Wednesday night into Thursday morning, snarling traffic and closing schools and government offices.

The snow in Jerusalem resulted from a large storm system that produced days of inclement weather in the Middle East.

Low pressure tracks through the Middle East Wednesday ( Initially, the storm brought mainly wind and heavy rains that caused flooding and damage in some areas.

But as cold air wrapped into low pressure tracking through the region, temperatures plummeted and snow reports spiked. Up to three feet of snow fell on Mount Hermon in northern Israel the Inquisitr reported. Snow was also observed in areas of the West Bank, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt…

Reuters called the snowstorm the “worst” in 20 years in Jerusalem, but government officials and clergy put a much more positive spin on the glistening blanket of white.

“Jerusalem has many colors,” President Shimon Peres said. “But when she is white, it so rare, so beautiful, so unifying.”

YNetNews spoke to “prominent kabbalist” Rabbi David Batzri who said the snow was an indicator of forgiveness from God .

“The kabbalists torment themselves and pray for snow, which is a sign that the Jewish people’s sins are being forgiven and erased,” Batzri said….READ MORE

Here are some additional photos of the Israeli snowstorm…

A general view of the snow covered West Bank city of Nablus, taken from a hillside overlooking the city during snowy weather, on 10 January 2013. (ALAA BADARNEH – EPA)

A man walks through tombs covered by snow on the Mount of Olives, in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (Bernat Armangue – AP)

Flamingos are seen in their snow-covered enclosure in Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo January 10, 2013. (RONEN ZVULUN – REUTERS)

The hat of an ultra-orthodox Jewish man is filled with snow flakes in Jerusalem’s Old City, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (Bernat Armangue – AP)

Snow falls a an ultra-orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (Bernat Armangue – AP)

Christian nuns walking nearby some palm trees covered in snow near outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem near the the Damascus Gate, 10 January 2013. (JIM HOLLANDER – EPA)

Eitan El Hadez, an Israeli from the coastal town of Netanya north of Tel Aviv, poses as an active skier on the plaza before the Western Wall (behind), Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, 10 January 2013. (JIM HOLLANDER – EPA)

Israel Brief January 10, 2013: Jerusalem paralyzed by snowstorm



Jerusalem paralyzed by snowstorm

Source: JTA, 1-10-13

Jerusalem remained paralyzed as the largest snowfall in 20 years shut down roads, trains and buses and schools….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 10, 2013: Elections 2013: Israeli diplomats worldwide cast absentee ballots



Israeli diplomats worldwide cast absentee ballots

Source: JTA, 1-10-13

Israeli diplomats around the world and their families cast absentee ballots in the elections for the 19th Knesset….READ MORE

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