Video: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Christmas Greeting 2012


Prime Minister Netanyahu says Christian community in Israel flourishing, unlike in neighboring Islamic countries where Christians are endangered.

Unlike other countries in the Middle East, where Christian communities are shrinking and many of them are in danger, in Israel there is a strong and growing Christian community that participates fully in the life of the country, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday in a taped Christmas greeting.
Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher [file]

Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – Photo: Ammar Awad / Reuters

“Israel is proud of its record of religious tolerance and pluralism, and Israel will continue to protect freedom of religion for all,” Netanyahu said. “And we will continue to safeguard places of Christian worship throughout our country.”

In an apparent reference to a spate of vandalism against Christian sites over the last year, Netanyahu – who has come out forcefully against such actions – said “we will not tolerate any acts of violence or discrimination against any place of worship This is not our way, and this is something we cannot accept.”

The Prime Minister invited the world’s Christians to “recall the places where Judaism and Christianity emerged, and then come see our ancient land with your own eyes. Visit Nazareth and Bethlehem, wade into the Jordan river, stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and next year come visit our eternal capital of Jerusalem.”
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  1. John Stefanyszyn says:

    Israel claims the land in the name of God…but Israel also confesses that it is right to be free to worship any god.
    Israel looks to their “messiah”, but Israel rejects Jesus Christ to be the Son of Yahweh.

    It is clear what is the belief that Israel lives by…it is the belief in freedom of oneself….freedom of rights…freedom of all “gods”.

    But it is written that one is to worship Yahweh Elohim and Him Alone to serve.

    President Obama , on March 21, 2013, proclaimed that god’s will is “freedom”.
    …he confessed that the story of the passover is “freedom”.

    But the One Way to God, Christ, said that we are to do His Will and not ours….that we are to serve in obedience the Will of Yahweh Elohim.

    Mr. Netanyahu, and President Obama (leader of the “free” way, of this god of fortreses), are saying that the way of man is right and that the One Way of the Creator is not the right way, not the only way.

    But, soon, it is Only Christ that will rule.

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