Olmert to Christians: Jerusalem will not be divided

Monday, October 09, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In a recorded address delivered to a gathering of 5,000 Christian believers who arrived in Israel for the Sukkot holiday in conjunction with the International Christian Embassy, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stressed the importance of keeping the city of Jerusalem unified as the capital of the Jewish People.

In his address, which was received with cheers by the exuberant crowd, Olmert referred to Jerusalem as “the City of God” which God has chosen to be the capital of the Jewish People. “She will remain the capital of the Jewish People forever. There is no power in the world that could change that. We are completely committed to the promise of keeping Jerusalem unified and undivided for eternity as the capital of the Jewish People,” Olmert said in his address.

Olmert stressed that Jerusalem will always be open to believers from all faiths who could come to it, visit it, and pray in its holy sites.

Olmert also mentioned the war in Lebanon and the results of the fighting saying that “unlike the past, this time we said we could not continue without a response. It was difficult for a million people who live in the north, but the result is that now there is an international force in Lebanon, the Lebanese Army is deployed in the area, and the Hizballah which is afraid of coming to the surface with weapons because they know they will be shot at immediately.”

Tourism Minister Yitzhak Herzog also spoke and praised the Christian pilgrims for coming to Israel and called on them to return to their homes and encourage more people to visit Israel.

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