Vastavam web: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised Christians around the world that he would be their guide next Christmas and give them a tour of the country’s holy sites.Jerusalem holds deep religious significance for Jews, Muslims and Christians. It includes the holiest ground in Judaism, the third-holiest shrine in Islam and major Christian sites linked to the life of Jesus.”I’m very proud to be the Prime Minister of Israel, a country that says ‘Merry Christmas’ first to its Christian citizens and to our Christian friends around the world. I’m proud that Israel is the country in which Christians not only survive, but they thrive,” he said.
“So now I have a proposition for all our Christian friends. I’m going to take next year on Christmas, for those of you who come to Israel, a guided tour. In fact, I’ll be your guide on this guided tour,” he says.”And think of all the places you can walk. You can go to the Jesus boat on the Sea of Galilee, you can get to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre here right behind me, any place that you ll want to visit in the footsteps of Jesus and the origins of our Judaeo-Christian heritage,” Netanyahu elaborates.Christians gathered in Bethlehem yesterday for an annual parade and other events, ending in midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity.Extra police officers were deployed at crossings in Jerusalem and Bethlehem for the holiday.