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Rand Paul visits the Wailing Wall

Rand PaulGETTING READY FOR PRIME TIME — Touching "the Wall" is a necessary rite of passage for every American politician contemplating higher office. With his head bowed, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) performed the servile act at the first stop of his Jan. 6 kick-off campaign in Israel. This is the Son in whom They are well pleased! 

JERUSALEM Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul paid a visit to the Western Wall ... for his first stop on a week-long tour of Israel and other parts of the Middle East.

Like the trip itself, Paul's visit to the Wall is likely to further fuel speculation about his plans for a 2016 White House bid. The Wall, a remnant of  the Second Temple built 2,000 years ago, is one of the most

 


sacred places in Judaism, and as such, has become a popular stop for US politicians contemplating a presidential run. Then-candidate Barack Obama took a trip to the Wall in 2008, and both Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stopped by the sacred site last year.

ACCOMPANIED BY RABBI

In contrast to those high-profile visits, Paul's late-night trip to the Wall was relatively low-key. Accompanied by his two younger sons and the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, Paul spent a few minutes of reflection at the Wall.

Later, Paul joined other members of his tour group for a private viewing of the Western Wall Tunnel, the controversial excavation that exposes the full length of the Wall and other previously unknown features of the Temple Mount.

 



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Rand dons a yarmulke over his rug  http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/01/rand-dons-yarmulke-over-his-rug.html

Rand Paul just spent a week in Israel ... on 'The Plague Tour' (PHOTOS)  http://www.businessinsider.com/rand-paul-israel-photos-2013-1?op=1

 

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