Christians gathered to celebrate the opening of the annual Feast of the
Tabernacles on Thursday evening in Jerusalem with a dynamic workshop and a flag
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed pilgrims who arrived
to the capital from around the world for the event sponsored by the
International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ).
“Year after year you
come from over a hundred countries to march through the streets of
Jerusalem...and in doing so, you remind the people of Israel that we are
not alone. You remind us that there are people across the world who recognize
that in returning to Zion, the Jewish people have returned home,” said Netanyahu
in a video greeting.
“This land is our homeland. It’s the same land where
the Jewish patriarchs prayed, where our prophets preached, and where our kings
ruled. It’s the same land from which 2000 years ago spanned forth a message of
universal peace and love that would spread across the world,” he added in
reference to the Christian faith.
Tourism Minister Stas Miseznikov
thanked the ICEJ and its executive-director, Rev. Malcolm Hedding, “for his
inspiring leadership and the tireless work of the embassy’s staff in organizing
this year’s beautiful Feast of Tabernacles celebration.”