Israeli President to Archbishop of Canterbury: "Israel Is the Only Country in the Middle East Where the Christian Community Is Flourishing"

(Ynet News) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at his residence in Jerusalem on Monday. Rivlin warmly welcomed the archbishop and said, "Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian community is flourishing." The president stressed Israel's commitment to bring an end to the conflict with the Palestinians and stated that the only way to reach an agreement required building trust between the sides. Referring to recent comments made by the president of Turkey, Rivlin noted, "For the last 150 years there has been a Jewish majority in Jerusalem. Even under the Ottoman Empire there was a Jewish majority in Jerusalem. Under Israeli sovereignty, we continue to build Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people...and we will continue to ensure freedom of religion for all faiths."

2017-05-10 00:00:00

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