White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was photographed as he appeared to shed a tear at the Kotel (Western Wall) Thursday (see photos below).
President Shimon Peres hosted Emanuel with his wife Amy and their children, Zach (13), Ilana (11) and Leah (10) in the Presidential Residence Thursday. Peres gave presents to Emanuel's wife and children and taught Zach, who is in Israel to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah, a lesson about the weekly Torah portion.
Zach received a Kiddush cup and a gold-lined Book of Psalms with a personal dedication, while Amy, Ilana and Leah got small Psalm books with dedications and Presidential Residence pins.
The children told the President that of all the things they did on their visit to Israel, they especially enjoyed flying in a military helicopter and experiencing an Air Force flight simulator at Hatzerim.
After taking the Emanuels on a tour of the Presidential Residence garden, the President held a 90 minute closed door working meeting with Emanuel.
Several dozen activists shouted 'traitor' at Rahm Emanuel Thursday morning when he arrived near the Hurva Synagogue. Activist leader Itamar Ben Gvir Gvir was detained and forcibly removed from the scene by police. They told reporters that a person who thinks the Kotel (Western Wall) should be handed over to Arabs should not be allowed to go to the Kotel.
Emanuel's boss, President Barack Obama, visited the Kotel before his election and planted a note in it, which he released to the press. The visit was one of the elements in Obama's campaign that convinced many Jews he was was not hostile to Israel or to the Jewish people. Emanuel's radical left views on Israel are seen as one of the sources for Obama's pressure on Israel and hostile behavior to PM Netanyahu.
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