Here is the common declaration made by the Heads of the Church as for the reopening, tomorrow morning, at 4 am. of the Anastasis or Holy Sepulcher.
In a personal declaration, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem made the following statement tonight: “Patriarch Theophilos announced tonight that the Church of the Resurrection will reopen tomorrow “as the consequence of the Israeli Prime Minister who worked against the decision of the Municipality of Jerusalem.” His Beatitude continued saying “that this decision was taken unilaterally with any consultation of the representatives of the concerned Churches of Jerusalem… Subsequently, the Patriarch thanked the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan and, in particular, His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Hashemite Guardian of the Islamic and Christian Holy places in Jerusalem, for his efforts to achieve this important step towards the lifting of the injustice toward the churches, since the sons of the different churches and their Muslim brothers are together in their protests, reminding the Scripture: On this rock I will build my church, and the doors of hell will not prevail”…
It keeps another line than the common declaration. It should be noted that the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem has no other real “supporter” than the King of Jordan while the other Churches can appeal to the Vatican or to the Etchmiatzin See of the Armenian Church.
Tonight, the Arab Orthodox groups claim that they won, that Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem combatted with faith and is “worthy”… because he cast down the “occupation forces” and that Palestine has taken the lead and will continue to fight.
Where are we? Does it make sense? Deeper then: does he can trust what he declared?
Because the decision was taken unilaterally by the Israeli Government and without consulting the Church bodies concerned, only because of that, things will go on and continue. 2018, first round. The Churches did not win, they got a time to rebuild their credibility.
Purim is just tomorrow,