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President Rivlin spoke at the Christian Media Summit

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  • 11 11
  • 2019

By Itzhak Rabihiya

 

President Reuven Rivlin spoke today, Wednesday 6 November, at Beit HaNasi to the Christian Media Summit, titled “Between Jerusalem and the Golan: International Recognition”, organized by the Government Press Office.

 

In his remarks, the president spoke about the discourse around ‘fake news’, saying, “I know that each and every one of you is dedicated to using media to spread the truth- The truth about Israel and about Jerusalem. I believe that truth, together with mutual respect, is a core component of peace as well.” He added, ”when President Trump moved the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, he courageously recognized the truth, and the truth is simple: Jerusalem is our capital, now and forever. But there are some that continue to spread lies and hatred.”

 

Israel and the Jewish People are facing two major threats today: Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, anti-Israel,” the president stressed. “This year, unfortunately, we have witnessed a worrying rise of anti-Semitism worldwide. It is a phenomenon that needs a robust call for action, more investment in education, and zero tolerance.” He also talked about the ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau early next year, with the participation of dozens of world leaders. “Together, we will reinforce our joint commitment to combat anti-Semitism in all forms and shapes. Never again, this is our duty!”

 

The president also talked about the Iranian threat to Israel, saying, “Iran continues to spread terror throughout the region. It continues to build military bases and plan attacks from Syria, and other parts of the region, Lebanon and even Yemen. Our enemies must know, The State of Israel will do everything needed to defend its citizens.” He ended his remarks by noting Israel’s commitment to freedom of religion and worship: “Israel will always respect the freedom of worship and the holy sites of all religions. That is why Israel is the only country in the region whose Christian population has grown since its founding. We not only respect the holy sites, we are actively working to develop them, such as the Qasr El-Yahud site on the River Jordan and the Land of Monasteries. This project will be good for Israel, it will be good for the Palestinians, and it will be good for peace.”

 

Attached photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

 

 

 

 

 

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