July 26, 2008
PRAYER IN WAILING WALL ROW ; Obama Hits Britain As He Aims for White House
A HAND-written prayer left by Barack Obama in the cracks of the Wailing Wall in Israel has sparked controversy after its details were published yesterday.
He asked God to guide him and guard his family, an Israeli paper reported after seeing the personal note in Jerusalem's Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site.
It read: "Lord, Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins ... and make me an instrument of your will."
But the rabbi in charge of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovitz, said publishing the note intruded on Obama's relationship with God.
He said: "The notes placed between the stones of the Western Wall are between a person and his maker. It is forbidden to read them."
Meanwhile Obama arrived in Britain amid tight security last night on the last stop of his global mission.
He is due to meet Gordon Brown in Downing Street this morning to seal a deal to pull UK and American troops out of Iraq finally.
Obama is determined to repair relations with Europe and other parts of the world that were shattered by the conflict in the Middle East.
He wants all US forces out by summer 2010 if he makes it to the White House.
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