Outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid released a video on Saturday evening, wishing Christians in Israel and around the world a Merry Christmas.

"To all of our Christian friends celebrating here in Israel and around the world: Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!," the Prime Minister opens his statement.

"The friendship we share is not only about our history here in Israel. It is also about the future. About how Israel is home to a Christian community that continues to grow and thrive – unlike anywhere else in our region." He continues.

Lapid closes the video by stating: "On behalf of the people of Israel, on behalf of the Jewish people, I want to thank the millions of Christians around the world who love Israel, pray for Israel, and always stand with Israel. We are all looking forward to seeing our special friendship continue to grow in the new year. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"