Chairman Gershon Mesika of the Samarian (Shomron) Regional Council cited the Samaritan community for living "in co-existence and tolerance with Jewish residents of Samaria." Speaking during a tour of the Samaritan community of Kiryat Luza on Mt. Gerizim, next to the Jewish community of Har Bracha, south of Shechem. He continued, "and we are happy about the good and cordial relationship and atmosphere."
Mesika was a guest of the Samaritan high priest and community council. He visited the high priest's Sukka and the two exchanged gifts. The tour included meetings with council members and stops at the local factory and the Samaritan museum. Mesika also expressed hope that the efforts of the Samarian Council for Encouraging Tourism to promote Bible-based tourism would result in more visits to Samaritan antiquities.