ENI: Israeli chief rabbi’s visit to Patriarchate

Ecumenical News International
News Highlights
26 January 2005

Israeli chief rabbi’s visit to Patriarchate seen as bid to
improve relations

Jerusalem (ENI). Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi has paid an
unprecedented official visit to the headquarters of the Armenian
Patriarch in Jerusalem in what is seen as a drive by Israeli
officials to improve Jewish-Christian relations in the Holy Land.
Rabbi Yona Metzger, one of two chief rabbis, made the visit as
part of a series of meetings with Christian leaders to mend
relations after a Jewish seminary student attacked an Armenian
archbishop last year. “The rabbi condemned attacks against
religious clerics and called for mutual respect between all
faiths to be upheld in Israel and across the world,” Metzger’s
office said. [400 words, ENI-05-0050]

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