Jerusalem - Mayor Spices Up City Ahead Of Obama Visit
Jerusalem - US President Barack Obamaâ€™s much-heralded visit to Jerusalem is still a month away, but preparations for â€śOperation Unbreakable Allianceâ€ť are already in full swing. Obama is expected to arrive on March 20. Secret service agents have reportedly already checked out the King David Hotel, which will be completely taken over by Obamaâ€™s entourage. Guests who had reservations for pre-Passover festivities in the King David, traditionally a busy time for tourists in Jerusalem, have already been moved to other hotels.
Also celebrating Obamaâ€™s arrival is the Jerusalem Ice City, which has decided to create an ice sculpture of the American president in addition to the dinosaurs and fairy tale scenes already planned for this yearâ€™s Ice Festival.
Hundreds of American and foreign journalists are expected to descend on the capital to report on Obamaâ€™s three-day visit, and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat wants to take full advantage of their presence. The mayor spearheaded an initiative called â€śThe Jerusalem You Donâ€™t Knowâ€ť with special tours for foreign journalists to bring them to the cityâ€™s highlights: historical and archaeological sites, culinary tours through the Mahaneh Yehuda shuk, a panorama view of the Old City from the Sherover promenade, and exclusive entrance into the new Herod exhibit at the Israel Museum and the Ice City.
The mayor is also emphasizing Jerusalemâ€™s â€ścrazy night life,â€ť according to a municipality spokeswoman, with nightlife tours visiting Jerusalemâ€™s downtown pubs and the small bars tucked into stalls in the Mahaneh Yehuda shuk.
Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post
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