10K to Guard Bush on Israel Visit

Massive security operation around Prez
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2008 9:25 AM CST
Israeli soldiers guard blindfolded Palestinian prisoners after they were detained by troops during a military operation near Bureij, in the southern Gaza Strip, on the border with Israel, Sunday, Jan....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – More than 10,000 police and security officers will guard President Bush during this week's visit to Jerusalem in a massive effort dubbed "Operation Clear Skies." Graffiti has been scrubbed off walls and hundreds of American flags installed throughout the city to mark the first visit by a US president in more than a decade, the Guardian reports.

Bush and his entourage will occupy the entire King David Hotel starting Wednesday, when he arrives for a whirlwind 2 days of meetings. Israeli authorities say they're confident that he will be safe during his visit. "There will be so much security nobody will be able to get anywhere near the president," vowed a police spokesman.