the place where I am staying is in a strategic location on the road between the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The Pope is going from Jerusalem to Bethlehem this morning. So, we are surrounded and surmounted by IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). They arrived around 4 am with much chattering. Everything is so quiet. The Bethlehem checkpoint has been closed since 4 am, so there are no Palestinians coming through to go to work in Jerusalem. There is no traffic along the road.
I am off to Temple Mount this morning to see the Dome of the Rock. I hope. It is now closed to non-Muslims, so I won't be able to do anything but walk around it and (I hope) take pictures.
Home tomorrow. I'll post pictures sometime.