National Hotel Jerusalem
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... then melt rapidly causing a drastic change in ocean levels all at once - like ten feet. Watch out all of you costal huggers. The other speaker was Aziz Abu Sarah, an Arab who is experimenting with various ways to get the Arabs and Jews to reconcile their differences through education and commerce. He is very personable, but scarily intelligent. Linda, Bob, and I had the privilege of having dinner with both of them (Unfortunately, Kathy was under the ...
I finished up by wandering about while taking photos of the landscape 416 metres below sea level. That's the lowest point on land in the world. It's kind of surreal looking at cliffs towering above you and realising that the top of those cliffs is where sea level is. I guess I now need to go visit the highest point in the world, but since my mountain climbing skills leave a lot of be desired that may be some way off.
Morning in Jerusalem
With the soft light of the first sun
Birds rescue their melodies
Physicians re-examine their cures
The world can't find an excuse
And then day has broken
Of shards form the hours
And words need to be spoken
Borders are drawn.
... Walk" along the top of the modern wall, which was built well after the New Testament era. It offered a few good sights, but mostly the roofs of various buildings. This evening we took the tour of the Western Wall (of Temple Mount) tunnel, which in Jesus' day was an open street along the wall (our guide called it Wall Street). Some of that pavement is still there; we walked on it. There was also a moat there from Herod's time--still containing ...
... the three Israeli teens who remain missing, and in spite of the fact that Israeli Army and security services have mounted a major operation throughout the West Bank searching for them and arresting hundreds of Palestinians, it was deemed safe enough to go up on the Temple Mount. Of such contradictions the Middle East is made. We were warned not to wear kippot, and not to bring prayerbooks or tallitot or tefillin with us lest the IDF or security services come to believe ...