PHOTOS: Austrian Chancellor Visits The Kosel and Yad Vashem

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(PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE)

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz visited the Kosel on Sunday evening 27 Sivan. The visit carries significance as he is the first leader from a European Union (EU) nation to visit the Old city in recent years.

The chancellor was accompanied by his entourage, which included the Minister of Education, Minister of Science & Research, and leaders of the Jewish community in Austria. The visit was part of his official visit to Jerusalem.

Upon his arrival, Chancellor Kurz met with talmidim from Haifa who were at the Kosel on a school trip, speaking with them about the significance of the Kosel. Kurz also posed for a number of photos with them.

Rav of the Kosel & Holy Sites Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz was present, reciting perek 121 of Tehillim together with the visiting dignitary. Kurz then recited his own private prayer and left a note at the Kosel as many visitors do. He stated, “Today is a big day, to visit the Kosel, a holy sublime venue, a venue of eternal importance for the Jewish people”.

The Chancellor also visited Yad Vashem, the grave of Shimon Peres and met with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)