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.
Snowstorm blankets Holy Land (1:03)
Jan. 10 - Israeli President Shimon Peres builds a snowman in Jerusalem as a rare snowstorm sweeps across the Middle East. Sarah Sheffer reports. ( Transcript )