Church officials had closed the shrine to protest the decision by the Jerusalem municipality to start collecting taxes on almost 900 Church-owned properties in the city.
The church, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected, is one of Christianity's holiest sites. Their sites apparently owed its municipality $185 million in back taxes, which were for properties that were not actual houses of prayers.
The Israeli government said the team negotiating the current tax crisis would consist of representatives of the finance, foreign affairs and interior ministries as well as from the Jerusalem Municipality.
The original statement issued on Sunday was signed by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem; the Catholic Custos of the Holy Land, Fr Francesco Patton, a Franciscan priest who holds responsibility for guardianships of the holy places on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church; and the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Patriarch Nourhan Manougian.
"The President briefed the ambassadors on Israel's attempts to seize the lands of Krimzan (a mountain area that belongs to the Church) in Bethlehem, the displacement of 58 families there, and the confiscation of thousands of dunums belonging to Christians in Zababdeh and Jaffna" (villages in the north of the West Bank known to have a Christian majority), Erekat added.
In response, Christian leaders have reopened the Church of the Holy Sepulchre after closing it due to the controversial measures.
Leaders also expressed their disapproval of plans by the Israeli government to begin imposing taxes on church properties.
The tax plan and proposed property legislation was suspended later Tuesday evening.
In 1990, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was among the churches that were closed for 24 hours in protest against the occupation of St John's Hospice by Jewish settlers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hailing plans to relocate the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as early as May, calling the news, confirmed by the State Department, "a great moment for the State of Israel".
These efforts are being coordinated by the Jerusalem head office and include letter campaigns and direct lobbying of government leaders by their local Christian communities.
On Dec. 21, 2017, two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution affirming that any decisions and actions to alter the character, status or demographic composition of Jerusalem are "null and void" and "have no legal effect".
"Yet here are eight nations that have never been called out for violating this principle by placing their chief missions to the Palestinians in Jerusalem. I don't think I'll ever be able to come again".
"The prime minister declared he still wants to negotiate".
Asked if he thought other countries would follow suit in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving their embassies there, Gold noted: "Keep in mind that the USA was the first country to recognize Israel - within minutes - after it announced independence in 1948".