Mrs. Laura Bush Visited the Western Wall Tunnels
The First Lady of the U.S., Mrs. Laura Bush, The Prime Minister's wife, Mrs. Aliza Olmert and the wife of U.S. ambassador to Israel, Mrs. Joan Jones participated in a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels.
They were greeted by the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and the director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Mordechai (suli) Eliav.
Mrs. Bush toured the Kotel Tunnels, the new excavation site and the women's section in the synagogue at the Western Wall. She took interest in the history of the Jewish people at these places and in the discoveries that were made during the recent diggings.
The rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, held a prayer session next to the part of the Western Wall that is closest to the location of the Temple's Holy of Holies. He quoted the words of the prophet Isaiah: "For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples." (Isaiah 56:7), while Mrs. Bush said a prayer and kissed the holy Wall.
Mrs. Bush stated that she is excited to be touring at this ancient site which is the spiritual center of the Jewish nation and as such carries with it the values and heritage of the Israeli people.
The rabbi of the Western Wall told the First Lady about his grandfather being expelled from the Old City in 1948. Now that we have returned no one is barred from praying at this place.