Jan. 10 - Israeli President Shimon Peres builds a snowman in Jerusalem as a rare snowstorm sweeps across the Middle East. Sarah Sheffer reports.
Jerusalem glistens in a fresh coat of snow. The worst snowstorm in 20 years brought the city to a standstill on Thursday. Views across the historic Old City showed landmark sites like the Dome of the Rock under a blanket of snow. Most people stayed indoors during the unusual weather, but some saw it as an opportunity for fun. Israeli President Shimon Peres made a snowman at his home in Jerusalem. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES SAYING: "Whatever happens in Jerusalem is a blessing. This time is a blessing in white." In the West Bank city of Ramallah, residents had a playfull snowball fight in Arafat Square. Across the West Bank, rooftops and streets were covered in snow as bulldozers worked to clear the roads. Palestinians in Bethlehem planted a flag in a snowman they built in front of the Church of the Nativity. Forecasters were predicting more regular weather later in the week.