and World Jewish Communities Minister Rabbi Michael Melchior on
Wednesday, 16.2.2000, in an interview with an Italian television
network, expressed his deep regret that the Vatican is continuing its
2,000 year old monologue with Judaism at a time when we are striving to
begin a new era of dialogue, attentiveness and mutual respect with it.
In response to the
claim that the position of the Christian communities in Jerusalem has
eroded during the period of Israeli rule, Minister Melchior said that
this was nonsense and that Christians in the Middle East have never
enjoyed as much freedom of worship as they do in Israel.
Comm. by Minister
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