“No war with Islam”…President Reuven Rivlin

November 20, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin has told Israeli TV that “we have no war with Islam”.

President Rivlin’s televised statement:

President Reuven Rivlin        Photo: Henry BEnjamin

President Reuven Rivlin Photo: Henry BEnjamin

“Jerusalem has seen many difficult times.  I remember, as a child, living under siege. We have seen days of battle, days of Intifada and riots. Today, we are in a difficult struggle, and Jerusalem is faced once again with difficult times. The Arab-Israeli conflict has become a Jewish-Muslim conflict, and unfortunately both parties understand this and yet remain silent.

Let’s be clear.  We have no war with Islam. We did not have in the past, and we will not have in the future. We need to make this clear to everyone. Jerusalem should not have to tolerate any religious war. Jerusalem is the united capital of Israel and since 1967, anyone can practice their religion, in accordance with their own conscience and in complete free will.

In the past, during days of tension in the country, peace was kept in Jerusalem out of the understanding that the city is a microcosm of our ability, as Jews and Arabs, to live together, despite national disputes.  We always realized, as Israelis and Jews, that we have no quarrel with Islam, and thus avoided turning the Temple Mount into a war of Jews against Muslims. This has yet to happen, but we are in danger of the situation deteriorating.

The Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem are intertwined. We are now in a situation where we all live together. Dividing Jerusalem in an artificial manner will not help. Palestinians who are not Israeli citizens, and Arab citizens of Israel, as well as the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, have to realize that we are all destined to live together in this city.”