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Jerusalem Overview

Our friend Shimon picked us up from our hotel in Tel-Aviv and decided to give us an overview of Jerusalem. On the way he picked his wife’s uncle, Yitzhak who is 88-years-old ,has failing vision but is mentally very sharp. The weather initially was overcast and rainy and our first stop was to the top of a hill called Pilots’ Mountain. This is a memorial to all those airmen who diesd in the wars that that Israel has fought the last 70 years.

From there we drove to another hill which houses a memorial to ex-U.S. president John Kennedy who was assassinated in 1963. The area around Jerusalem is surrounded by the Judean hills. The landscape is totally different from Tel-Aviv with winding and steep narrow roads. There are several lookouts where you can view the city laid out before you. Most prominent is the walled old city with the prominent Dome of the Rock Mosque. Shimon shared with us how he was involved in the liberation of the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 war. Prior to that Jews could not enter their ancient religious sites. Now Jerusalem is open to all religions.

We really have to say a thank you to Shimon who gave of his time two and a half days to share his love for his country. He gave us historical, cultural and religious perspectives on what it means to be an Israeli today. We appreciate the energy that he took to be with us.

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Posted by PassionRetirees 11:42

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