July 24th, 2008
12:05 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama ends Middle East trip with visit to Western Wall

(CNN) - Barack Obama departed Israel early Thursday after a pre-dawn visit to one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites, the Western Wall.

Under tight security, Obama arrived at a section of the Wall that had been cordoned off at 5:11am local time. While the visit had not been announced in advance, dozens of people were waiting in the darkness for his arrival.

Obama, wearing a white yarmulke, walked towards the site with the Rabbi of the Wall. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich read Psalm 122, and he and Obama looked through a Holy Book on a stand. Obama placed a note written before he arrived in the Wall, following a custom of visitors to the sacred site. Obama then bowed his head and placed his hand on the Wall for a few moments.

CNN producer Sasha Johnson, a pool reporter for the brief visit, reports a man screamed “Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale” throughout the event despite pleas from the crowd for him to stop.

Obama shook hands with some in the crowd as many reached out to him as he departed. He then went by motorcade to the airport in Tel Aviv, where he took off for Berlin.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Wow.

    Probably a jealous McCain surrogate. Only one, huh? Pathetic.

    July 24, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  2. Sen.McCain't Change

    Blaze your trail sir! we are behind you all the way!

    July 24, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  3. tony

    I think I hear the pander of tiny footsteps

    July 24, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  4. scott

    Good for that man and he is right. McHussein is out to sell himself as the savior of the world and people are starting to see through the smoke screen he has built around himself. While he is traveling around the world selling happy meals to all those who will listen the lefties and the media are still drinking his kool aid. Wake up people George Bush will be gone soon and Obama is not the answer.

    July 24, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  5. shadman

    This election, as all US election, is no different. It is NOT about America, its about Israel. Obama's comment about Jerusalem and anything else in the ME is how it effects Israel not how it effects America.
    I beg both candidates to please think America First.

    July 24, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  6. NW

    Senator Obama knows how other cultures are working. He knows how to adjust his culture to a different culture. That's how foreign affairs are suppose to be working. You must know the hearts and mind of other people in a different cultures, and of course he knows that because he himself lived in a different cultures different than his. Good job Senatore Obama!

    July 24, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  7. Raymond Duke

    Well at least a few of the Jewish people has his number. If that man was to win the presidential election as soon as he is in office he will sell them out to the Arabs as fast as he would sell out america. The man is nothing but a self centered person who will say anything or do anything to be president. I can only speak for this family of five but we will not vote for Obama.

    July 24, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  8. Michele Hussein, Oregon

    Great conclusion to the Mid-East leg of this journey. Travel safely Senator; know you will represent us well in Berlin as well and can't wait to watch the footage there!

    July 24, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  9. andy dufrain


    I am an Obama supporter but I am a little confused what Obama is trying to do here.. This is the most controversial issue in the Middle East and it is not right for him to just vist the Western Wall in such symbolic way. If he makes promised to the Isralies regarding this site then he is surely going to create a huge mistake. It would have been better for him not to visit the site altogether.

    July 24, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  10. White Mike

    I vote McCain because he is a real AMERICAN.
    McCain will keep us "hard working white Americans" safe.
    IF they love him so much why dont they keep him.

    Because of the surge we are now winning.McCain knew it would work and i know he will continue the victories against our enemies.

    Obama wants to talk to our enemies like Iran.
    He is nothing more than a super star ACTOR
    and we sure dont want no actor for president.

    America was not built on soft talk.it is built on the hard work of true patriots fighting the good fight.We are where we are through strength and good decisions.

    I am not ashamed to say i voted Bush and i will vote McCain.

    July 24, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  11. Jason L

    America kisses Israel's butt too much!! If America wasn't in bed with Israel then some real peace might be able to be attained in the middle east. What exactly are our interests in Israel?? They have no oil, not much to offer... We need to leave Israel to their own devices. They are no better than the Palestinians who want to kill Israelis. Israel wants to make their own land all the while ignoring the Palestinian state that was agreed upon in late 1947 and in 1948.. Also the Camp David accords from the late 1970's.. So We should stop funding Israel until THEY stop their terrorist activities.. The money we spend on Israel would be better spent on rebuilding America. Not by giving them money and military weapons to kill others.

    I am sure CNN will delete this as it might offend it's jewish visitors.. But it's the truth and cnn should report my words because its allowed under the 1st ammendment..

    July 24, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  12. Obama to our rescue 08/12

    Mc Cain is a has been that never was and never will be.

    Way to go Obama you certainly need deaf ears when it comes to hearing what McCain is jabering about he is trying to get some traction by talking vp who gives a rats _ _ _what McCain says .does ,picks he isnt going any where anyway .
    He is so full of lies has told so many he is now repeating them trying to get center stage .
    What looser O M G he don't need a stage at TOWN HALLS its such a small affair he CAN whisper and THOSE FOLKS THEY ROUNDED UP FOR A CROWD FROM THE NEAR BY REST HOME CAN HEAR HIM.
    Cindy is getting the bar-be q in full swing "Oh it was the hammock in full swing ready for his return home soon "she is at the Drug store .

    July 24, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  13. andy dufrain

    Why has this article been removed from the Political Ticker headlines section.. I wonder..

    I will blog it if you don't reinstate it..

    CNN.. stop messing us about!

    July 24, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |