PM: Israel only free place for Christians in Middle East

March 18, 2012 20:37

Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians can freely practice their faith, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

Speaking to a group from the US-Evangelical organization Christians United for Israel at a Jerusalem hotel, the prime minister said "At a time when Christians are under siege in so many palces, in so many lands, Christians are free to practice their faith" in Israel.

Netanyahu, whose comments about Christian freedom in Israel was met with rousing applause from the visiting group, said Israel has values which "set us apart" from neighboring regimes like Syria, who he accused of butchering its own people.

He decried Gaza's Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah for firing rockets from civilian areas, and then hiding behind citizens when Israel retaliates, both of which he said were war crimes.

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