January 4, 2000
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Ehud Barak's Message to Christians in Israel and Worldwide

    JERUSALEM, JAN 2 (ZENIT).- On behalf of the Israeli government, Prime Minister Ehud Barak congratulated his Christian compatriots of all denominations and Christians worldwide on the occasion of the New Year.

    "The government of Israel trusts that the wishes for peace, security, economic wellbeing and coexistence based on mutual respect may be shared by the citizens of all communities. The government is determined in its commitment to guarantee the right of Christians to freedom of religion, worship and access to the Holy Places. These rights, as well as those related to economic stability and personal security, must always be safeguarded so that the Christian community can continue to prosper, free of worries over civil, social, economic and personal security," Barak's message stated.

    The Prime Minister ended his message with these words: "The Christian population has always been an inseparable part of the human fabric of the country and the government is committed to do everything possible to maintain the constructive and creative contribution of this community to the State, society and the development of Christian life in Israel."

    In another message to Christians worldwide, Israeli President Ezer Weizman said: "The State of Israel gives much importance to the Christian population and will do everything possible to guarantee that all Christians in the country enjoy full security and mutual respect. Jerusalem is a central point for the three great monotheist religions of the world and Israel is committed to guaranteeing freedom of worship and access to religious places, security of persons and security of all pilgrims. Therefore, I warmly welcome all who will visit the Holy Land." ZE00010207


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