January 9, 2002 - NEW YORK -- The American Jewish Committee today praised the Israeli government’s decision to respond to worldwide Christian concerns and halt construction of a mosque next to the Basilica of the Annunciation, the largest church in the Middle East.
"Prime Minister Sharon's government made the right decision, under difficult circumstances, to halt the construction of the controversial mosque and to find another location for it elsewhere in Nazareth," said David A. Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee. "This Israeli government action will serve to further enhance Christian-Jewish relations and relations between Israel and the Vatican."
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