Jerusalem – Putin Visits Western Wall

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     Russian President Vladimir Putin (2-L) and Russia's chief rabbi Berel Lazar (L) visit the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Israel 26 June 2012. Vladimir Putin is on a working visit in Israel.  EPA/ALEXEY DRUGINYN / RIA NOVOSTI / KREMLIN POOL Jerusalem – Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Western Wall overnight Tuesday.

    Putin arrived in Jerusalem’s Old City at 1:30 am Tuesday, and made his third visit to the Western Wall, a yarmulke on his head, commenting on the deep Jewish connection to the holy site: “You can see how the Jewish past is engraved in the stones of Jerusalem.”

    During the course of his visit, Putin spoke with other visitors at the site, asked many questions, and according to Yedioth Ahronoth, chatted at length with an ultra-Orthodox immigrant from the former Soviet Union.

    The Russian president also received a book in Russian about the Western Wall tunnels, and asked to visit the tunnels himself.

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) visits Jerusalem's Old City June 26, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool

    Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R, front) visits the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem's Old City June 26, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool


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