Jewish Journal

McCain in Israel

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 18, 2008 | 12:37 pm

Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, is making the rounds, arriving today in Jerusalem to a “celebrity welcome.”

McCain began a two-day visit with a stop at Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem. As his motorcade pulled up, dozens of tourists greeted him and chanted “Mac is back,” while he shook their hands and posed for photographs.

McCain is on a weeklong trip to Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Britain and France. He has said the tour is a fact-finding, mission, not a campaign photo opportunity.

During his 90-minute visit at the memorial and museum, McCain was visibly moved, his eyes welling with tears as he viewed photographs from Nazi death camps.

He laid a wreath in memory of the 6 million Jewish Holocaust victims and lit a memorial flame, wearing a skullcap placed on his head by Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who accompanied him along with Sen. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina.

It never hurts to work on those pro-Israel creds, especially when you’ve got Joe Lieberman, and not John Hagee, by your side.

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