In addition to the Greenpeace protest atop the Bridge of Strings that I showed you in yesterday's post, there was this smaller sign under the bridge.
At the table was a man on hunger strike urging President Obama to free Jonathan Pollard, who has been in prison since 1987.
Obama visited the graves of Herzl and Rabin at Mt. Herzl this morning.
Then his motorcade took this road down to Yad Vashem.
The street was decorated with many American and Israeli flags.
Toward noon the sunny weather changed into a windy yellow dust storm.
Plans changed just as quickly.
Instead of helicoptering to the Church of the Nativity, they drove to Bethlehem, a short ride from Jerusalem.
Obama's 51-hour visit in Israel ended after 4:00, and the President flew over to Jordan.
They say he came to win the hearts of the Israeli people, to work his magic on us, to "enchant" us.
I think it happened!
I wonder if the sand storm was a sign of the "winds of change."
Just after Obama was airborne, we heard about his first dramatic success in changing things:
At the airport Obama telephoned Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, passed the phone to PM Netanyahu, and a reconciliation between Israel and Turkey was achieved!
May it be the first of more good surprises.
UPDATE, Saturday: Times of Israel has put together a nice "The defining words and pictures" summary of Obama's three days in Israel. You can see the 21 pics in a slideshow.