Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday prolonged Christmas greetings to Christians in Israel and across the globe celebrating the vacation.
In a video launched by his workplace on Christmas Eve, Netanyahu mentioned: “Merry Christmas to all our Christian pals in Israel and world wide.
“The State of Israel is the end result of so many prophecies and our deepest held values. We share the widespread civilization, the Judeo-Christian civilization, that has given the world the values of freedom, particular person liberty, the sanctity of life and the assumption in a single God. We’re happy with our traditions. We’re happy with our Christian pals,” he mentioned.
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“The State of Israel wouldn’t have come into being if it weren’t for the avid assist of Christians within the 19th century, within the 20th century as nicely and within the 21st century,” Netanyahu continued. “We all know that we’ve got no higher pals world wide than our Christian pals. So thanks. Thanks all for standing up with Israel, standing up for the reality. Merry Christmas.”
Some 177,000 Christians stay in Israel, or roughly two % of the inhabitants, in accordance with figures launched this week by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
Christmas festivities are significantly outstanding in Jesus’s childhood hometown of Nazareth within the northern Galilee area, the place some 21,900 Christians stay alongside an estimated 55,000 Muslim residents.