I'm pretty sure President Bush was in this helicopter over my house. A whole row of choppers from America's Marine One fleet went over, flying from the airport to Jerusalem. Bush came for Israel's May 14 Independence Day and to contribute to the Facing Tomorrow Presidential Conference. Also participating were present and former presidents, prime ministers and senior officials from 27 countries, along with Jewish Nobel Prize winners, Google founder Sergey Brin, and Susan Decker of Yahoo. (By the way, none of these countries recognizes Jerusalem as our capital. Their embassies are in Tel Aviv.)
Bush also requested to be helicoptered to the desert mountain fortress of Masada. In the year 73 C.E., after a long siege, the Romans were about to break through the walls and capture the Jewish resistance fighters inside. Rather than fall into Roman slavery, the 960 men, women, and children died by their own sword. Masada is a powerful symbol for our modern nation; some say we have a Masada complex.
Bush later addressed the Knesset and to a standing ovation declared: "Masada shall not fall again! Israel's population may be just over 7 million. But when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong, because America stands with you."
(To see more Sky Watch Friday contributions visit Tom's blog.)