Middle East Broadcast in Israel and Palestine
A view of maybe the most fought over piece of real estate in the history of mankind. The Jews, Christians and Muslims have died by the thousands over the last thousand years to control only a few square feet of property.
Preparing to broadcast our first show from studios in Jerusalem back to WCCO in Minneapolis. While I was guaranteed that it would work, I had my doubts. Of course, everything went off without a hitch.
In the distance, on the hillside, you can see Bethleham. It is located in the West Bank, Palestine. Between the building in the foreground, and Bethleham, is the wall. The Israelis built it for stability and peace. Depending upon which side of the wall in which you live, the wall is viewed very differently.
At one point, down near the Egytian border, about 150 yards away, I came upon an interesting site. A view of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. I was warned about taking this photo because snipers frequently target those from their vantage point in the building in the distance. Of course, I should add, you don't see the children playing around me as a take this photo.
Standing in Yasser Arafat's compound. For years, I watched how Arafat, Nobel Prize winner to some, terrorist to others, was virtually imprisoned in this place. In this photo, see the destruction wrought by Israeli forces. If you look closely, you can see a bathtub, balanced precariously on a ledge.
John Kerry in Ramallah, Palestine on the historic date of the Palestinian elections, January 9, 2005. Sen. Kerry was one of the international officials present to verify the legitimacy of the election process.