A believer prays in the Church the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 24, 2017.
In a Christmas eve video posted on Twitter, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a message to the world and Christians: Jerusalem is your city.
“We protect the rights of each to worship in the Holy places behind me,” Netanyahu says in the video, with the title “Merry Christmas from Jerusalem, the capital of Israel!”
Merry Christmas from Jerusalem, the capital of Israel! pic.twitter.com/ChhsuqudW8
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) 24. December 2017
Concerns about Jerusalem and whether people of all faiths would be welcome and represented on a new urgency, have announced that, since President Donald Trump, Feb. 6 that the U.S. supports Jerusalem Israel’s capital, and plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, a Muslim, has insisted that he will not accept the US plans for the middle East peace, because he interpreted Trump’s Jerusalem plan, as the administration, together with Israel, the region hardest Problem of all.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
But Trump ‘ s plan seems to have split reactions of the Christians, according to recent reports.
American evangelicals largely back the plan, but Pope Francis, the Chairman of the Roman Catholic Church — called to be respected for the city of the status quo in the city, and several other Christian denominations have expressed opposition, according to Reuters.
The split shows two views of Jerusalem, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Pope Francis has expressed support for maintaining the status quo in Jerusalem.
Evangelicals back, the Jerusalem plan, because they tend to be the region in the biblical sense – with the Jewish return to Israel as part of a larger plan, with the return of Jesus Christ and the Jews’ accepting him as the Messiah, the newspaper reported.
“The establishment of the state of Israel was not because of the Jews,” Pastor Bruce Mills of the Jerusalem Baptist Church, said a meeting of the Christian clergy, recently, according to the L. A. Times. “The establishment of the state of Israel was, because of the evangelicals. … The whole idea is, the Jews come back to Israel!”
But for many Christians in the Holy Land, the current political realities, this factor is more seem in their thinking, the Times reported. In Israel, Christians are only 2 percent of the population, Reuters reported.
“The Christians here are Palestinians,” the Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, one of the highest-ranking Catholic official in the Holy Land, told reporters. Dec. 20, according to the times. “Their vision of Jerusalem as the Palestinians.
The Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa is one of the highest-ranking Roman Catholic official in the Holy Land.
At a ceremony in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, the traditional site of the birth of Jesus, the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah spoke of Jerusalem as a city that must remain accessible to all religions, reported Reuters.
East Jerusalem, he said, “is a Palestinian, Arab, Muslim, and Christian city, and there will be no Palestinian state without Jerusalem as its capital, and without this there will be no peace in the region nor in the whole world.”
Perhaps in a nod to the challenges that lie before us, Netanyahu in his Christmas eve video an inviting tone.
“For those of you who come to Israel,” he says of the possible Christian pilgrim, “I’ll take you on a guided tour. In fact, I will be your guide on this tour.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.