December 26, 2013
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said today that the reason he didn’t sanction a Christmas tree in front of the Israeli government headquarters was not because Jews hate Christians, but because Christians hate Jews and are planning to kill them all for no reason.
From Israel National News:
Last week, MK Hana Sweid (Hadash), born to a Christian Arab family, formally requested that a Christmas tree be set up in the Knesset as a symbol of Israel’s consideration for its Christian citizens, and the country’s appreciation of its ties to the Christian world. In a letter to Edelstein, Sweid said that the installation of a tree would show that the Knesset would not tolerate so-called “price tag” attacks, in which Jewish nationalists are accused of marring mosques and other non-Jewish institutions and symbols after Israelis undergo terror attacks.[…]
Speaking to Israel Radio Thursday, Edelstein explained that he valued Israel’s Christian citizens and did not mean to offend anyone. However, he said, the Christmas tree, like other Christian symbols, brought back bad memories for Jews, and as the Jewish state, Israel needed to ensure that its Jewish citizens were not subject to displays that would hurt their emotions.
“These symbols remind many Jews of how their ancestors were persecuted in Europe by Christians,” Edelstein said. “There are many other ways for the state to pay tribute to its Christian citizens.”
It’s understandable. It’s not like in America, a Christian nation, Jews are putting up a gigantic menorah on the lawn of the White House or something, while telling us, in our own country, that it is against the law to show Christian symbols.