President Reuven Rivlin tells President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr. Mladen Ivanić that despite occasional “obstacles” of living in a multicultural society, Israel is not at war with Islam.
“Like us, you are a multicultural state. In Israel, Christians, Jews and Muslims are living together and it is our duty to realize that we can live together and it is possible despite the obstacles that we face from time to time,” the president tells Ivanić in Jerusalem.
“We have no war with Islam, please tell your people, that in Israel there is no religious war,” he says.
Ivanić tells Rivlin his country’s bloody war 20 years ago makes Bosnia and Herzegovina sensitive to Israel’s struggles with coexistence and extremism.
“We believe that we have to share this experience with countries who are similar to us or share the same problems,” he says. “We live in a multi-ethnic society and we have had to learn to live in that society which is not easy in the modern world with many kinds of extremism.”
Both leaders express the importance of bilateral cooperation between Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina.