ABOUT 6000 CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF ISRAEL FROM AROUND THE WORLD WILL CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IN JERUSALEM. TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV:

"CHRISITAN TOURISM IN ALL ITS DENOMINATIONS WILL REMAIN AT THE CENTER OF THE TOURISM MINISTRY'S MARKETING ACTIVITIES IN THE COMING YEAR. CHRISTIAN TOURISM JUSTIFIES THE INVESTMENT. 1.7 MILLION CHRISTIAN TOURISTS ARRIVED IN ISRAEL IN 2011, 58% OF ALL INCOMING TOURISM".

About 6000 Christian friends of Israel from over 100 countries, led by Evangelical community leaders, will arrive in Israel to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (30 Sept – 4 October). Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov will welcome the thousands of Christian visitors to the feast in a special broadcast that will take place in the International Convention Center, Jerusalem. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is arranging the events surrounding the feast, with assistance from the Tourism Ministry.

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According to Eli Shukron, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “It is now absolutely clear that the Jerusalem’s water consumption during the First Temple period was not solely based on the output of the Gihon Spring, but that it also relied on public reservoirs”

THE CHANNEL AND THE TOURISM MINISTRY PRODUCED A PROGRAM AND CLIP ABOUT THE ISRAELI OPERA FOR OCTOBER BROADCAST

The French television music channel Mezzo will dedicate its programming in October to music and opera from Israel. Mezzo's director general, Christophe Winckel, who arrived in Israel earlier this week, noted in a press conference that the broadcasts will include the Jazz Festival to take place in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem under the channel's sponsorship as well as programs about the Israeli Opera.

The TV channel, in cooperation with the Tourism Ministry, created a five-minute clip featuring the recent Israeli Opera production of Carmen which took place at the foot of Mount Masada in June 2012 as part of the Israeli Opera Festival at Masada. The program, which also includes a behind-the-scenes look at the production, will be broadcast throughout the month of October.

The setting was the acoustically wonderful Recanati Auditorium of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The occasion was the gala concert by the Israel Chamber Orchestra before its departure for a grand tour of nine Latin American countries. The audience of the sold-out performance was graced by the presence no less than six Ambassadors – Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay – and many Consular representatives from around the world. Also present were several Israeli VIP’s, including Ms. Orit Noked, Minister of Agriculture.