“Christians here want to play an active role in making Israel a better place for all of its citizens” says Wadee Abunassar, a political consultant who lives in Haifa “We are an integral part of the society in which we live,” he said. “We are neither Muslims nor Jews, but we are Israeli.”
With falling birthrates and high emigration, Christians now make up only 2% of the population in Israel. Despite dwindling numbers, Christians are one of the most educated groups in the country, trying to integrate into Israeli society while preserving their heritage.
To the Christians living in Israel and abroad, happy holidays!
Here is a tour of some of the Christian sites I have visited over the past year.
X-mas Roasted Potatoes
Here is an easy side dish for the holidays (or anytime) taught to me by our friends Yael and Erez.
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to medium-high, 220°C. Peel the potatoes and cut them in half. Slice a thin x on the top part of the potato (not the sliced side). Place down on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wedge a pat of butter in the x. Roast in the oven for about 35 minutes or until golden brown. If the tops brown too fast, move tray away from heat source, cover with aluminum foil or reduce heat.