Israel Musings December 14, 2013: Netanyahu and Kerry meet about peace talks in Jerusalem snow wonderland

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Netanyahu & Kerry meet about peace talks in Jerusalem snow wonderland

By Bonnie K. Goodman

For the second time in a week and the ninth time since March 2013 United States Secretary of State John Kerry met in Israel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a very unusually snowy Friday morning, Dec. 13, 2013…READ MORE
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Israel Brief December 13, 2013: Rare snowstorm slams Jerusalem

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Rare snowstorm slams Jerusalem

Source: NY Daily News, 12-13-13

The intense storm left the city covered in snow. About 20 inches of snow had fallen since Thursday, with more expected through the next day….READ MORE

Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, two  of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, were covered in snow after a rare snowstorm blanketed Jerusalem on Friday.

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Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, covered in snow after a rare snowstorm blanketed Jerusalem on Friday.

Israel Brief December 13, 2013: Photo Essay: Snow in Jerusalem

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Photo Essay: Snow in Jerusalem

Source: Arutz 7, 12-13-13

The snow has brought both wonder, smiles and damage. The following are photos from Snowstorm 5774….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 13, 2013: ‘Historic’ Israeli Snowstorm; Power Outage In Jerusalem

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‘Historic’ Israeli Snowstorm; Power Outage In Jerusalem

Source: Arutz 7, 12-13-13

Power outages throughout Israel in storm of ‘rare ferocity, thousands of stranded drivers rescued by IDF and police….READ MORE

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

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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 (WeatherBell.com) 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

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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 Brief January 9, 2013: Snow falls in Jerusalem, northern Israel

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Snow falls in Jerusalem, northern Israel

Source: JTA, 1-9-13

Snow and hail began falling in the Jerusalem area and continued to fall in the north of Israel….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 9, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Holds Assessment Meeting on the Weather Situation, Snowstorm in Jerusalem & Northern Israel

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PM Netanyahu Holds Assessment of the Situation Regarding the Weather

Source: PMO, 1-9-13

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Photo by GPO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this afternoon at the Israel Police national traffic control center in Beit Dagan, held an assessment of the situation regarding the stormy weather. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, Israel Police Traffic Division Commander Bruno Stein, as well as representatives from the emergency and rescue services, the Union of Local Authorities and the various infrastructure bodies also attended.

At the start of the discussion, Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “We have waited many years for this rain. I hope that they will be blessed rains and not claim victims; therefore, I call upon the public to continue listening to the instructions of the rescue forces and to act with caution. I thank citizens for their patience. They understand that after the traffic jams are over, we will have full reservoirs and we need this water.

I convened this meeting, first, in order to be updated, and I am pleased to see that things are well under control, with the complete cooperation of all bodies. I would like to thank all those involved – Israel Police office, firefighters, IDF soldiers, IDF Home Front Command, the Public Security Ministry, Magen David Adom, the Israel Electric Company, the Tax Authority, the Union of Local Authorities, and local council heads. The systems are working well. I have instructed Prime Minister’s Office Director-General Harel Locker to consider compensation for those who have been hurt as a result of the weather.

I appreciate the brave work – in the intense cold and strong winds – of all those involved. The emergency and rescue forces are struggling around the clock in the storm in order to save lives; on behalf of all Israelis, I thank you.

One month after Operation Pillar of Defense, the rescue forces are again proving that the Israeli home front can rely on them. In the stormy weather, their sole concern is to help Israeli citizens, and they have been very successful.”

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