"On Christmas Eve, I would like to wish Israel’s Christian citizens a Merry Christmas.

Since its founding, the State of Israel has granted freedom of worship to all its citizens; Jews, Christians and Muslims act in accordance with their beliefs and the dictates of their consciences.  We must preserve the delicate balance that has been created by the believers of the various faiths and continue to develop the religious tolerance between us.

Ahead of the civil New Year, I would like to wish Christians in Israel, the Middle East and throughout the entire world – a good and prosperous year.  May the coming year afford us the opportunity to take another step toward coexistence in Israel and let us work together to advance the economy, education and tourism in our country.

Since its inception, my Government has worked to advance the peace process with our Palestinian neighbors.  In the coming year as well, we will continue to advance efforts to achieve a lasting peace in our region."