The Turks aren't in charge of Jerusalem anymore, so why is the Greek Church still in control? Why haven't the Palestinians been given control of their own territory?
There is a possibility that within a few generations there will be a geuninely Hebrew Orthodox Church
once again in the Holy Land....a renewed and strengthened Patriarchate of Jerusalem composed mainly of Russian Orthodox Christians of Jewish origin.... a Jew (probably of Russian origin) will once again be Patriarch of Jerusalem and sitting on the throne of Saint James the Brother of the Lord! "The Russians Are Coming" to rescue the Holy Land?http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2000/494/op1.htm
There have been significant changes to Israeli religious demographics over the last 15 years, thanks to the influx of more than 1 million Russians. One in 5 Israelis is now Russian, 20% of the population. A proportion of these are Jews by ancestry but Russian Orthodox Christians by religion. The numbers are large enough to cause anxiety in the Knesset. Today new Orthodox churches are being built throughout Israel and even on the kibbutzim! The Russians and the Arabs are brother Orthodox in Israel and together they will bring a new springtime of Christianity to the Mother Church of Jerusalem.
"I was recently given two startling pieces of information by a visiting Palestinian friend from Jerusalem. One was that there were several Russian Orthodox Christian churches being built in the southern Israeli town of Beersheba.... <snip>
"Just as remarkable is Lustick's observation that a significant number of the newcomers had registered themselves either as Christians or persons of no religion at all. As a result of this situation, the Russians, or to put it another way, non-Arab Christians [i.e., Russians] are the fastest growing Israeli religious community and now constitute 8-9 per cent of the non-Arab population of the state... <snip>"http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2000/494/op1.htm
One factor with which the Jerusalem Patriarchate will have to come to terms in the near future is the large numbers of Russian Orthodox who are now part of its flock. These are Jews genetically and Orthodox Christians religiously. Jerusalem has set up a church department for the Russians but it seems inadequate for the numbers of Russians involved. In the years ahead the character of the Patriarchate will be altered by the Russian Orthodox influx.
Another article:http://portal-credo.ru/site/print.php?act=news&id=33276Last wave of immigration sharply increased
the number of secret Orthodox Christians in Israel
Although official statistics indicate that the number of Christians in Israel is constantly decreasing, in reality, EAI data shows that there is a large number of secret Christians among the Jews who arrived from Russia and Ukraine between 1989-1993.
Thus, the research conducted among 86,000 new immigrants in 1999 demonstrated that approximately 53% of them cannot be considered Jews in accordance with Judaic law. Available data suggest approximately 400,000 "unregistered [Orthodox] Christians" arrived with the last wave of immigration.