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  5/27/2014, Iyar 27, 5774

'We Must Save Holiness from the Conflict'


Israeli President Shimon Peres opined that both the Vatican and the Orthodox Church could help improve relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Tuesday, in a meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I.


President Peres addressed relations between Christians and Jews and said, "Our government feels it is our responsibility to guarantee free approach to every holy site and the safety of pilgrims, to enable everyone to pray to the Lord in their own language without restriction. Unfortunately, I know some communities in the Middle East are targets for hatred and discrimination, we stand with you...The Middle East is suffering from terror, it is tearing countries apart. There is too much blood being spilt, it's a tragic situation, I don't know if civil war brings to poverty or poverty to civil war but we must overcome both."