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Meeting at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel

Meeting at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel

The visit of the chairman of the agency and Georgian delegation continues in Israel. On the 5th of July the Georgian delegation met with the Head of the World Jewish and World religions Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel Akiva Tory and with the director of the World Religions Department of the same bureau Sharon Regev and with the director of Religious Tourism Department of the Ministry of Turism of Israel Elia Hauliphshits.  The guests were told in detail about religious diversity of Israel as well as current relationship between the state and religions. It was emphasized that Israel is the state that is a main guarantor of maintaining confessional status quo.

The chairman of the agency introduced the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel to the situation in Georgia in terms of freedom of religion. At the meeting the projects of the agency in order to raise interreligious awareness was appreciated, namely: interreligious calender and religious map, as well as interreligious conference. Zaza Vashakmadze emphasized on diaspora issues, especially on the Jewish diaspora living in Georgia.

 After the speech of the representatives of the Jewish Union of Georgia the hosts expressed their will to get acquainted with the Jewish culture and especially Jewish manuscripts of our country.

 The meeting was focused on the practice of disputed buildings. The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave recommendations to the guests regarding the disputed buildings. In connection with the disputed buildings the representative of the Ministry of Tourism aslo spoke about the practice of using disputed buildings including the schedule of the divine service performed by different Christian confessions in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The director of Religious Tourism Department of the Ministry of Tourism of Israel Elia Hauliphshits expressed readiness to deepen existing cooperation in the field of religious tourism between Georgia and Israel. At the end of the meeting the hosts invited the Delegation of the Religious Agency to the interreligious meeting on “hate speech, extremism and anti-Semitism” which is held every two years.


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