Israel keeps Greek patriarch on hold

Reported ties with Arafat
In response to a series of legal challenges, Israel’s Supreme Court has frozen the appointment of the Greek patriarch of the Holy Land, Irineos I, whose position was to have been approved by Israel early this month. The February 25 decision was the latest action aimed at preventing the patriarch from being confirmed in his status more than two years after he was elected.

The Israeli cabinet finally gave its approval to his appointment in January, but this decision was temporarily suspended in response to court actions. Under a tradition dating back centuries, a new Greek patriarch in Jerusalem has to be confirmed by the rulers of the Holy Land, in this case Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.


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