Israel a safe haven for Christians

It’s well known that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Less known is the fact that Israel is also the only nation in this region where there is freedom of religious beliefs.

In most countries in Western Europe we usualy take freedom of religion for granted as it is – or at least should be – a basic human right. But it isn’t so in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, for example, it is stricly forbidden by law to be a Christian and no Churches are allowed there. But things might change, who knows.

In today’s Haaretz, the Israeli newspaper, there is an article about Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s visit at a conference in Jerusalem, arranged by Christians United for Israel, which reaches well over a million people, most of them Americans. The PM said:

“I’m proud that in Israel Muslims are free to practice their religion,” and after wild applause he continued: “At a time when Christians are under siege in so many places and so many lands, Christians are free to practice their faith” in Israel followed by even wilder applause.

When it comes to Iran, he said:

“When Iran is funding terror and violence all over the world and is calling for our annihilation, I don’t have to explain to you why that regime can’t have nuclear weapons. – – – Our enemies don’t hate us because of what we do, but because of who we are.”

It’s well worth contemplating on these words. Although many EU-countries tend to neglect it, it is no doubt so that not only Iran but also Hamas in Gaza and other fundamental muslim organizations, Islamic State not to forget, have the annihilation of Israel on their agenda, Israel and hence the Jewish people and Zionism. The more impressive that Israel sticks to its democracy and keep its freedom of religious beliefs as something really valuable in life. In fact, Israel is the only nation in the Middle East, where Christians can live in peace and not being persecuted.

 

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