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Jerusalem - Putin Visits Western Wall

Published on: June 26, 2012 09:43 AM
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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

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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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 Jun 26, 2012 at 10:02 AM Reb Yid Says:

He called on Israel to "tear down that wall!" Then he realized...

Seriously, though, it was good of him to say, “You can see how the Jewish past is engraved in the stones of Jerusalem.” That's a pretty provocative (in a good way) statement, if you think about it.

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 Jun 26, 2012 at 10:10 AM DovidTheK Says:

This former communist from Russia is more interested and respectful of Jewish people than the anti-semite in the White House.

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 Jun 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM Anonymous Says:

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DovidTheK Says:

This former communist from Russia is more interested and respectful of Jewish people than the anti-semite in the White House.

Hardly. This "former" KGB officer, arms the following countries: Syria and Iran. Your next dumb comment?

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 Jun 26, 2012 at 10:56 AM grandpajoe Says:

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DovidTheK Says:

This former communist from Russia is more interested and respectful of Jewish people than the anti-semite in the White House.

You took the word right of of my mouth, and the "LIBERAL" Jews of this country can't see that.

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 Jun 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM sane Says:

Beware of Putin. The photo opps with Jews keeps the Jews quiet as he pursues policies inimical to Israel and the U.S. This man presided over the slaughter of 100,000 Chechens in the mid 90's.

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 Jun 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM post4 Says:

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DovidTheK Says:

This former communist from Russia is more interested and respectful of Jewish people than the anti-semite in the White House.

Whatever you think, he Is still our president and its disrespectful the way you talk.

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 Jun 26, 2012 at 02:29 PM esther Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Hardly. This "former" KGB officer, arms the following countries: Syria and Iran. Your next dumb comment?

there's politics and there's honest to goodnees feelings.putin has a very warm relationship with r lazar and has done a lot to help jews in the fsu,like charging the equivalent of a dollar for the lease of goverment property.

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 Jun 26, 2012 at 04:07 PM ShmuelG Says:

It is remarkable that men in kopotas wear neckties and Putin is casual. He doesn't take this seriously.

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 Jun 26, 2012 at 05:21 PM yaakov321 Says:

The culprit at a clambake!!!!!
(this means that the man who is going to the western wall is a man who is notorious for his aggression against freedom and liberty in his own nation. Do not fret, I am not comparing the western wall to a clambake. The idea of a clam bake is an ugly selfish event and thus if a Guy like Putin goes to the Western Wall. (we would expect him to do so of course), it just shows that he is a man who really likes the photo op which is essentially what you get out of this. You didn't think he found Hashem did you?)

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 Jun 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM yaakov321 Says:

Seeing Putin at the Western Wall is like chiming in to a brass bands radio station and playing taps.

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 Jun 27, 2012 at 02:45 AM Yossizm Says:

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post4 Says:

Whatever you think, he Is still our president and its disrespectful the way you talk.

I'm sure there were plenty of appeasers in Europe in the 1930's and 1940's too. We have freedom of speech and that freedom must be used to awaken those still in a slumber.

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 Jun 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM eliezer318 Says:

"The heart of the King is in the Hand of HaShem" and the head of Esav is buried in the Maarat HaMachpelah. We reach out and tell about our covenant with HaShem and our mesiras nefesh for it. P'nimious talks to p'nimious and whoever will listen, will listen. In Moshaich's time (today), Esav will return and use his sword to protect his brother Yaakov/Yisroel.

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 Jun 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM bigwheeel Says:

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sane Says:

Beware of Putin. The photo opps with Jews keeps the Jews quiet as he pursues policies inimical to Israel and the U.S. This man presided over the slaughter of 100,000 Chechens in the mid 90's.

Let's not cry too hard for the (Ethnic) Chechens. They are a brutal bunch, who didn't hesitate for a moment to murder the young Russian boys without provocation, other than they stepped in their territory. I remember reading many years ago of how brutal the Russians were when they filled a cave in Afghanistan with some "Poor, innocent" Taliban, pumped gas into it and blew it up with all the Taliban members inside. Today, we know how "Compassionate" the Taliban and Al-Qaida are.

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 Jun 27, 2012 at 05:24 PM bigwheeel Says:

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eliezer318 Says:

"The heart of the King is in the Hand of HaShem" and the head of Esav is buried in the Maarat HaMachpelah. We reach out and tell about our covenant with HaShem and our mesiras nefesh for it. P'nimious talks to p'nimious and whoever will listen, will listen. In Moshaich's time (today), Esav will return and use his sword to protect his brother Yaakov/Yisroel.

What Midrash are you quoting from?! Other than the First sentence, everything else is made up. (Wishful thinking, maybe.)

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 Jun 27, 2012 at 05:32 PM bigwheeel Says:

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ShmuelG Says:

It is remarkable that men in kopotas wear neckties and Putin is casual. He doesn't take this seriously.

There was a similarly awkward situation once, where (Legendary) Mayor LaGuardia had a meeting with all of the (Non religious) Jewish leaders in New York. Always practicing Political Correctness (Before it was in style.), Mayor LaGuardia donned a Yarmulka. Turns out that he was the only one at that meeting wearing a yarmulka. To ease the feeling of embarrassment, he joked to the Jewish representatives. "It looks like I'm the Only Jewish person in this room"...

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