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Friday, March 22, 2013

Obama's sandstorm

Israelis now have another reason to dislike President Obama. The timing of this trip angered Jerusalemites from the beginning and now one of our worst nightmares has come true. A sandstorm has grounded the President's helicopter and as a result, he is traveling by car to the airport. That means that the main Jerusalem - Tel Aviv highway is going to be closed from 1:30 - 4:00 pm. The Sabbath starts at 5:17 pm.
Due to strong winds and sand storms on Friday, US President Barack changed his plans to fly to Bethlehem in a helicopter, opting instead to travel in a convoy of cars. Highway 1 between Jerusalem was due to be blocked between the hours of 13:30 and 16:00. 
Additionally, Obama's official farewell ceremony from Israel's Ben Gurion airport has been cancelled due to a sand storm that has enveloped central Israel. Instead, there will be a small ceremony which will take place on the tarmac.
Hope he didn't make a mess of your Sabbath plans. 



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