2018-01-31 / Mideast

Mike Pence prays at Western Wall in private visit

Vice President Mike Pence made what was billed as a private visit to the Western Wall. Pence and his wife, Karen, spent about 10 minutes at the Jewish holy site, the last stop on the Israel leg of the vice president’s Middle East trip. They were not accompanied by any Israeli officials or politicians in keeping with the visit’s designation as private, like President Donald Trump in May. The rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, met the Pences and gave them a short explanation about the site and its place in Jewish history.

They each approached and prayed at the wall—the vice president in the men’s section and his wife in the women’s section.

David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, and Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. Mideast envoy, accompanied Pence to the site. (JTA)

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