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Israeli Prime Minister Sends Letter to Pope Benedict XVI

Last edited 18th February 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Sends Letter to Pope Benedict XVI

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sent the following letter to Pope Benedict XVI, thanking him for strengthening relations between Christians and Jews during his Pontificate:

Your Holiness,

On behalf of the people of Israel, I want to thank you for all you have done as Pope to strengthen relations between Christians and Jews and between the Vatican and the Jewish State. I thank you also for courageously defending Judeo-Christian values and the roots of our common civilization during your time as pontiff. I have no doubt that these values, which were so essential to building the modern world, are no less critical to securing a future of security, prosperity and peace.

Your historic visit to Israel in 2009 offered a rare opportunity to give expression to the new relations between our faiths. I remember fondly our meeting, in which you referred to Judaism as Christianity's elder brother and in which you reaffirmed your commitment to a cooperative future between Christians and Jews.

I thank you for your leadership during these very turbulent times, and wish you long life, health and happiness.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
18 February 2013

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