Several thousand Jews and supporters of Israel filled Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California waving Israeli and American flags and cheering speakers.
The Guest of Honor was California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who said that all of California stands with Israel in its right to defend itself against terrorism." Schwarzenegger sent a message of support and encouragement to the citizens of Israel and especially to the residents of the north who are being forced to sit in their bomb shelters.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa strongly blamed Hizballah, Hamas, Iran and Syria and emphasized Israel’s right to defend itself. Both he and Governor Schwarzenegger lamented civilian casualties in Lebanon but expressed strong support for Israel.