Defense minister in message to Arab world: Israel will always protect freedom of worship at holy sites

The comments were made by Defense Minister Benny Gantz at a ceremony marking the Allied victory over Nazi Germany. "It is our duty to ensure the rights and safety of all of Israel's citizens: Jews, Muslims, Christians and Circassians," said Gantz  

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At a ceremony marking the Allied victory over Nazi Germany, Defense Minister Gantz said, "The State of Israel will always protect freedom of worship at holy sites, and will respond to any extremism and to any attempt to harm us out of internal or external political motivations."  

Defense Minister Gantz made a speech today at a Victory Day ceremony led by the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration that was attended by Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tameno-Shete, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, and Knesset members Zeev Elkin, Alex Kushnir, Evgeny Sova, Uzi Dayan, Vladimir Beliak and Rabbi Gilad Kariv, as well as veterans and fighters.  

Defense Minister Gantz said, "We had a difficult year in which my friend, Integration Minister Pnina Tameno-Shete, also worked together with her ministry's devoted workers for the war heroes. It is our duty to ensure that you will be able to live the rest of your lives comfortably, and we must work to make sure that future generations will be aware of the legacy of heroism, struggle and pride, and the victory of light over darkness."   

"Just as we bear the responsibility for the continuity of the Jewish people…it is our duty to ensure the rights and safety of all Israel's citizens: Jews, Muslims, Christians and Circassians, as well as freedom of religion for people of every ethnicity at holy sites. Let me state clearly: The State of Israel will always protect freedom of worship at holy sites, and will respond to any extremism and to any attempt to harm us out of internal or external political motivations."  

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