The closure, initially for a week, followed a meeting between Israeli police and church leaders.
In honor of Christmas, COGAT approved a series of civilian measures for the Christian populations of the Gaza Strip as well as those in Judea and Samaria.
55% of tourists visiting Israel in 2019 were Christian, says Ministry of Tourism
Various sects connected to the historic Jerusalem church, fraught with long-standing conflict, have agreed that renovations are necessary at the site where many believe Jesus was buried.
The ceremonial lighting of the "holy fire" took place at the historic church.
Christians jostle with Mahmoud Abbas for control over their affairs.
“We are concerned that this bill threatens the sustainability of the historic Christian presence in Jerusalem,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The monks were reportedly protesting the municipality's refusal to allow them the authority to oversee the repair work themselves.
The Duke of Cambridge visited the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher during the final leg of his tour.