The Jerusalem Patriarchate – 2/3/18
The Gate of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre closed for the pilgrims after the Liturgy of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, February 12/25, 2018 with the common decision of the Three Major Communities – Greek Orthodox, Franciscans and Armenians – in protest of the recent illegitimate tax measures imposed by the Jerusalem Municipality on the Churches of the Holy Land.
On Tuesday evening February 14/27, 2018, the Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu made the statement posted in the link below;
According to this statement, all actions regarding the collection of taxes and legislative activity on Church properties is suspended, as well as the proposed bill “Azaria” in the Knesset. There is a decision to establish a professional team led by Minister Tzachi Hanegbi with the cooperation of the representatives of the Churches in order to solve the current crisis.
The Three Major Communities thanked Prime Minister Mr. Netanyahu, and agreed on the re-opening of the Gate of the Holy Sepulchre at 4.00 a.m. on Wednesday February 15/28, 2018.