اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

Al-Qassam calls for negotiations delegation to leave Cairo
Full text: Netanyahu welcomes pope to Israel
Published Sunday 25/05/2014 (updated) 27/05/2014 14:43
Font- Font+
(MaanImages/Government Press Office)
The following is a translation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at a news conference welcoming Pope Francis to Israel on Sunday evening.

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 antisemitism 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.

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.

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.
Print
1 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
25/05/2014 20:55
With the Pope laying a wreath at the grave of the founder of the Zionist movement, the Pope has given his support of Zionism. He also supports a state for Palestinians. He supports negotiations and the two state solution. Palestinians will not have their state until they conduct negotiations in earnest with Israel. Their decision to form an unity government with Hamas which has a charter advocating for genocide of the Jews, shows that the PA and Palestinians are not ready for their own state

2 ) Mel / USA
26/05/2014 18:16
First comment spiked. Excuse me,I would read further but can't get past the first paragraph for acute nausea!
Bibi! You are the "King",of hasbaric bovine excrement!

3 ) Joe Fattal / USA
26/05/2014 23:45
Its becoming more confusing to an outsider about who is an extremist Jew or who is a tolerant Jew. Netanyahu said and I quote "Israel is an island of tolerance". Did he mean accept and willing to respect anybody's freedom other than our own, if this one is, that would be his first lie. Just look at the Jewish extremists and their act of hate. Or he probably mean to willinglly accept the sufferage of his people in his ancestral homeland. And that his second lie. Most of the Jews in Israel

4 ) Joe Fattal / USA
26/05/2014 23:57
are from either Eastern Europe or Europe and have no connection with the Holy land which was then occupy by the ancient Hebrews. Therefore Jerusalem cannot be their eternal capital. That's his second lie. Israel has gain the occupy land that they claim now it theirs religiously by a war of self-defense. They could have made the effort to gain their so called ancestral land long time before. And his third lie was to tell the Pope " You are welcome to the State of Israel".

5 ) Maisie / UK
27/05/2014 17:48
@Mel & Joe Fattal: first comment spiked but you both pretty much covered my points although Mel, that last sentence was too charitable. Netanyahu in that speech of speeches has entered the annals of Chutzpah and in so doing has entered the Guiness Book of World Records. Kudos to Ma'an, the only news medium to print the interventions of Peres and Netanyahu. It would seem that NYT & WPost are not the only "Voice of Israel" media.
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

Israeli airstrikes injure 18 in Gaza Strip
Witnesses: Gaza rockets hit Israeli settlement near Ramallah
Thousands mourn slain wife, baby of Hamas commander

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014