JERUSALEM, Israel -- A major winter storm hit Israel overnight Thursday and for the first time in years brought snow to the city of Jerusalem.
For a few hours, Jerusalem looked like a winter wonderland.
"Hey, it's like Jerusalem in snow. You see it in the postcards, but you don't expect to see it there," one Jerusalem resident told CBN News.
The snow blanketed famous Jerusalem landmarks like the Jaffa Gate, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount in the Old City.
Snow or rain so late in the season is known in the Bible as the latter rain. The precipitation is needed since Israelis are in the middle of a drought.
The snow came on the eve of a pivotal meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. It's given Israelis a brief diversion from the almost daily talk of war.
"This, you forget about all the rest," one Israeli said. "That's what's really important and not all the stuff we deal with every day."
The snow made some visitors giddy.
"I'm so excited. I'm from Australia and I've never seen falling snow before," one tourist said.
"South Africa, as well, and it's amazing. It's so beautiful. Yea, we love snow!" a South African tourist said.
In light of the snow and current events, some have pondered the verses in the Book of Job that say, "Have you entered the storehouses of snow or seen the storehouses of hail, which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle." (Job 38:22-23)
--Published Mar. 2, 2012.