John Kerry likened it to a New England snowstorm. Israelis took cover, lost power, and made the best of it. Scenes from a crazy planet that lasted all of a week.
Though it’s known for the long, hot, sunny summers that bleach the desert and send the country running for the beaches, for a few weeks each year Israel turns into something of a winter wonderland. Torrential rains drench the coastal plains and Mt. Hermon gets enough snow for a ski run. Once in a while Jerusalem’s stone turns pale with cold and gets blanketed by snow, making the city “of gold, of bronze and of light” glow white. Then, as if winter never happened, the country transforms back into comfortable rhythm of warmth and sun.
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