US Ambassador to Israel, Jack Lew, made his first visit to the Western Wall as ambassador this week after officially beginning his duties, at a time when Israel is fighting for its life against Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization.
The ambassador was welcomed by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, who hosted him for an extended discussion.
The rabbi expressed gratitude for the “full and warm” support of US President Joe Biden for Israel in general and its right to defend itself against the attacks of Hamas in particular, according to the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.
During the visit, Lew expressed his support and solidarity with the groups of soldiers and families who had been evacuated from combat zones and were present at the Western Wall at that time.
The ambassador lit a candle in memory of the massacred and fallen, and together with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz prayed the evening service.
The two men prayed for the safe return of the captives and the missing to their homes and for the success of the nation.