Photo Credit: Steve Walz
Snow at the Kotel: Jerusalem was a winter wonderland when an epic storm blanketed parts of Israel. (2013)

As the winter weather slowly winds its way towards the Holy Land, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gathered officials in Jerusalem on Tuesday to review final details and preparation for the anticipated storm.

Meeting in Jerusalem City Hall on January 6 were, among others, Mayor Nir Barkat and Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edry, as well as representatives of the IDF, social welfare institutions, the Israel Electric Corp. and rescue services.


“I am impressed by the authorities’ coordination and preparatory work,” Netanyahu said, summarizing the meeting.

“We have three missions. The first is to save lives. The second is to ensure the continuity of essential services. The third is to provide mutual assistance and guarantee – residents helping residents.

“Beyond what the state is doing and will do, beyond what the municipalities are doing and will do, I ask the citizens of Israel to watch out for their neighbors and to help. The people of Israel excel at this.”

Last year’s storm found motorists scattered around on major arteries leading to the capital because numerous Israelis were curious and “wanted to see the snow.” This year officials are nipping that risk in the bud, and have announced that all major roads leading to the city will be shut down on Wednesday morning, when the storm is expected to hit the city.



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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. What? Just because we're not prepared for HaShem's blessings of rain and snow does not mean they are not blessings. Read your Bible Patrick Godfrey. This weather is a huge blessing from the G-d of Israel on his children.

    Good thing Yeshke is just a fictional character….sheesh.

  2. It was colder today in Canada, then it was in the entire Antarctic continent. I love Israel, I really do, but forgive me if I seem to lack in sympathy for your concerns over a single snowstorm. I hope fervently, that by the end of the week, temperatures in Saskatchewan where I live will warm up enough to snow…. But good to see you are taking many prudent precautions. Have fun….❄️

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