A Christmas Eve video on Twitter confirmed Netanyahu towards the backdrop of East Jerusalem, an space laden with Jewish, Christian and Muslim shrines that Israel captured in a 1967 conflict and which Palestinians need as their very own future capital.
Within the message, titled “Merry Christmas from Jerusalem, the capital of Israel!” he described Israel as a haven for its 2 p.c Christian minority as a result of, he mentioned, “We defend the rights of everybody to worship within the holy websites behind me.”
Netanyahu named a number of Christian pilgrimage websites in Israel – together with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in East Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis – which might take guests “within the footsteps of Jesus and the origin of our Judeo-Christian heritage.”
“For these of you who come to Israel, I will take a guided tour. The truth is, I will be your information on this guided tour,” Netanyahu mentioned. This may occur Christmas subsequent 12 months he mentioned, with out going into the logistics.
Trump’s Dec. 6 announcement on Jerusalem reversed many years of U.S. coverage on leaving town’s standing to Israeli-Palestinian negotiation. The transfer angered Muslims and was rejected by most world powers.
U.S. evangelicals who see God’s hand within the modern-day return of Jews to a biblical homeland had been buoyed. However Pope Francis referred to as for the established order within the metropolis to be revered, and a number of other different Christian denominations had been opposed.
“The worldwide consensus strengthens our trigger and imbues our folks with steadfastness,” Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah mentioned at a ceremony within the occupied West Financial institution metropolis of Bethlehem, conventional website of Jesus’ start.
East Jerusalem, Hamdallah mentioned, “is a Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and Christian metropolis, and there might be no Palestinian state with out Jerusalem as its capital, and with out this there might be no peace within the area nor in the entire world.”
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