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PM Netanyahu's Christmas Greeting

Delivered from the ICEJ offices in Jerusalem

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday (December 21) to deliver his annual Christmas Greeting to the Christian world.

In his traditional holiday greeting, Netanyahu stated:

“To all of our Christian friends around the world, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I send you these greetings from Jerusalem. I'm standing in the courtyard of this magnificent International Christian Embassy. I'm so proud of our relations with our Christian brothers and sisters. I wonder for many of you if you remember the experience you had when you first visited Israel, when you saw the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Via Dolorosa or the Sea of Galilee or Nazareth. I'm sure it moved you deeply. And it moves us deeply to have this bond with you because we all know that this land of Israel is the land of our common heritage. It changed the story of humanity, it changed civilization. What a magnificent heritage it is. Yet, we also know that it is under attack these days, that the forces of intolerance, of barbarism that attack all religions attack Christians with particular vehemence. We stand with you and I'm proud of the fact that in Israel, this is the one place in the Middle East that the Christian community not only survives but thrives and it's no accident. It’s because of our commitment to religious freedom; it's because of our embrace of our heritage; it's because of our embrace of our common future. So please come to Israel. Come and visit me, I'm waiting for you. It will be a great experience for you. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.”

With Christmas falling this year on the same day as the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler responded by wishing the prime minister a “Happy Hanukkah,” and giving him a special Hanukkah dreidel as a gift.

“It was a great honor to host the Prime Minister at our Embassy headquarters and to receive his good holiday wishes for Christmas,” said Bühler. “We know his warm, sincere remarks will be greatly appreciated by Christians in lands far and wide. It also was a thrill to respond with our own ‘Happy Hanukkah’ wishes for him, his family and all the Jewish people. This indeed is a season when both communities can celebrate the triumph of light over darkness. And this display of solidarity shows once more that Israel is a country where religious freedoms are not only safeguarded but also proactively encouraged.”

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Teaching truth, celebrating God’s faithfulness

The ICEJ is probably best known for annually hosting the Christian celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles - a multicultural event that draws thousands of pilgrims to Jerusalem for teaching, worship and prayer.

In addition, ICEJ speakers undertake teaching tours, seminars, and conferences across the globe.

The ICEJ is committed to telling the truth about Israel, and helping the church to understand the wonderful faithfulness of God through the fulfillment of His promises to the Jewish people.


Upcoming Events:

Rosh Hashana

21 Sep 2017

ICEJ-ACADEMY: Bildung und Lehre im Licht der Bibel

23 Sep 2017
ICEJ Deutscher Zweig e.V. Stuttgart Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany

ICEJ Intercession for Israel

24 Sep 2017
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ICEJ-Vortrag mit Christoph Scharnweber

24 Sep 2017
Evangelisch-freikirchliche Gemeinde Geislingen/Steige Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany

ICEJ-Vortrag mit Gottfried Bühler

24 Sep 2017
Volksmission Zaisersweiher Maulbronn-Zaisersweiher Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany

Yom Kippur

30 Sep 2017

Jesaja-62-Initiative

4 Oct 2017
FREIE CHRISTENGEMEINDE Linz Austria

2017 Feast of Tabernacles Tour

4 Oct 2017
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Jesaja-62-Initiative

4 Oct 2017
GOSPEL FORUM - Blaue Kapelle Stuttgart Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany

Sukkot

5 Oct 2017

ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

6 Oct 2017
ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest Jerusalem Israel

ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

6 Oct 2017
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ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

7 Oct 2017
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ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

7 Oct 2017
ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest Jerusalem Israel

ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

8 Oct 2017
ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest Jerusalem Israel

ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

8 Oct 2017
ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest Jerusalem Israel

Thanksgiving

9 Oct 2017

ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

9 Oct 2017
ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest Jerusalem Israel

ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

9 Oct 2017
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ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

10 Oct 2017
ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest Jerusalem Israel

ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

10 Oct 2017
ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest Jerusalem Israel

ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

11 Oct 2017
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ICEJ-Laubhüttenfest

11 Oct 2017
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Shmini Atzeret

12 Oct 2017

Simchat Torah

13 Oct 2017

ICEJ Intercession for Israel

15 Oct 2017
Catch The Fire Church Toronto Ontario Canada

Jesaja-62-Initiative

1 Nov 2017
FREIE CHRISTENGEMEINDE Linz Austria

Jesaja-62-Initiative

1 Nov 2017
GOSPEL FORUM - Blaue Kapelle Stuttgart Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany

 

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