Full Text Israel Political Brief May 25, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Welcoming Ceremony for Pope Francis

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Welcoming Ceremony for Pope Francis

Source: PMO, 5-25-14

יום ראשון כ”ה אייר תשע”ד

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Your Holiness, Pope Francis,
Welcome to our land, the Land of Israel, the Holy Land. You bring with you the spirit of reconciliation, faith and peace of millions of Christians worldwide, and also of many who are not Christian yet who are caught up in the spirit of love for humanity which you embody. Your visit is an important chapter in the history of the relations between Christians and Jews, a bond which has lasted for 2,000 years.

These relations are anchored in the Bible, which is the moral, historic and religious keystone on which Judaism rests, and from which Christianity grew. The Bible articulates man’s relationship with his fellow man, the relationship of man with God and it articulates our people’s prayer for the redemption of its homeland and man’s prayer for the day “nation shall not lift sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore”.
It is against the backdrop of the suffering of the past that I welcome the good relations between the Holy See and the Jewish people and Jewish state that have been built during our generation. We admire and appreciate your decision to lay a wreath on the grave of Benjamin Zeev Herzl, the founder of the Zionist movement. We know that when you light the eternal flame at Yad Vashem in memory of the one-third of our people who were murdered in the Holocaust, it will be another expression of your belief that anti-Semitism is a crime against God and against humanity, as was the heinous anti-Semitic crime perpetrated yesterday on European soil.

Your Holiness, despite all the incitement and disturbances and pogroms against our people, we regained our independence in our ancestral homeland, to be a free people in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem. Your visit here is an opportunity to show you the real Israel – a democratic, advanced, prosperous country.
[In English] Your Holiness, in the heart of the Middle East, the turbulent and violent Middle East, where Christians are often persecuted, Israel is an island of tolerance. We safeguard the rights of all faiths. We guarantee freedom of worship for all and we are committed to maintaining the status quo at the Holy sites of Christians, Muslims and Jews.

[Translation resumes] Your Holiness, Pope Francis, you are leaving here for Jerusalem, our eternal capital, the heart of our faith. In Jerusalem and around our country, the prophets’ vision of our people’s renaissance is being fulfilled. This renaissance is one of the greatest symbols of humanity. It is not just the story of the Jewish people, but also the triumph of the human spirit which does not surrender to the horrors of history and succeeds, despite all obstacles, to rise up to the heights of progress, creativity and hope for peace.

Your Holiness, Pope Francis, welcome to Israel. You are welcome to the State of Israel.

Full Text Israel Political Brief May 28, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement Strongly Condemns Brussels Jewish Museum Attack

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PM Netanyahu Strongly Condemns Brussels Attack

Source: PMO, 5-25-14

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening, strongly condemns the murder that was perpetrated at the Jewish Museum in Brussels and shares in the grief of the families of the victims. “This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state. Slander and lies against the State of Israel continue to be heard on European soil even as the crimes against humanity and acts of murder being perpetrated in our region are systematically ignored. Our response to this hypocrisy is to constantly state the truth, continue a relentless fight against terrorism and build up our strength,” the Prime Minister said.

 

Full Text Israel Political Brief May 25, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Pope Francis’s Arrival for Israel Visit

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 5-25-14
יום ראשון כ”ה אייר תשע”ד

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“We welcome the arrival of Pope Francis to the Land of Israel the Holy Land. His visit here is an opportunity to show the world the true Israel, the advanced, modern and tolerant Israel, in effect, the only country in the Middle East that ensures complete freedom of worship to those of all faiths, guards the holy places and ensures the rights of all – Jews, Muslims, Christians, everybody.

We appreciate the Pope’s strong stand against anti-Semitism, especially in light of the surging Jew hatred that we have witnessed in recent days. Last’s night’s murder in Brussels is the result of constant incitement against the State of Israel by various elements in the Middle East and in Europe itself. There are elements in Europe that rush to condemn the construction of a flat in Jerusalem but do not rush to condemn – or offer only weak condemnations of – the murder of Jews here or in Europe itself and, even worse, welcome unity with a terrorist element such as Hamas, which calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. We oppose such hypocrisy, we protest against it, we will continue to always state the truth, we will continue to fight terrorism and we will continue to build up our state.

Today, we will submit to the Cabinet a proposal to integrate the ultra-orthodox in the public workplace, in the public economy. We do this, the Economy Minister and I, for the benefit of the ultra-orthodox community and to integrate it into the general labor market. I think that this is the right step in the right direction and there will be other steps.”

Israel Brief May 25-26, 2014: Pope Francis’s Israel Trip Schedule

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Visit to Israel of Pope Francis

Source: MFA

Pope Francis visit to Israel: Itinerary

Pope Francis visit to Israel: Itinerary

Pope Francis will be the fourth Pope to come to the Holy Land. He will visit Israel on May 25-26, 2014 – the 50th anniversary of the historic visit of Pope Paul VI.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

16:30 – Official arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport

17:15 Departure by helicopter to Jerusalem

17:45 – Arrival at the Jerusalem helipad on Mount Scopus

19:00-20:00 – Ecumenical meeting on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre

20:15 – Dinner and meeting with Patriarchs and Bishops at the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem

Monday, May 26, 2014

08:15-09:00 – Meeting with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and tour of the Temple Mount/Esplanade of the Mosques

09:10-09:30 – Visit to the Western Wall

09:45-09:55 – Lay a wreath at grave of Theodor Herzl, at Mount Herzl (with the President and Prime Minister)

10:00-10:30 – Visit to Yad Vashem (with the President and Prime Minister)

10:45 – Visit to the two chief rabbis at Heichal Shlomo

11:40-12:40 – Meeting with President Shimon Peres, at the Presidential Residence

13:00 – Private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

15:30 – Meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, Mount of Olives

16:00-16:50 – Meeting with 500 priests and seminarians in the Church of Gethsemane, and the planting of a tree

17:20-19:00 – Holy Mass in the Room of the Last Supper (Cenacle)

19:30 – Transfer by helicopter from the Jerusalem helipad on Mount Scopus to Ben Gurion International Airport

20:00 – Farewell ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport

20:15 – Departure from Ben Gurion International Airport to Rome

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