All together now, folks…. say it with me: “It is all George Bush’s fault!”
Christmas Cheer Returns to Bethlehem – Associated Press
Hundreds of Christian pilgrims celebrated Jesus’ birth on Tuesday in the West Bank town where he was born, in an atmosphere made markedly cheerier by the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after years of bloody conflict.
By midday, the ancient Church of the Nativity was packed with tourists waiting in line to see the grotto that marks the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
The visit to Bethlehem was a first for Kiel Tilley, 23, a science teacher from Charlevoix, Mich.
“It’s very powerful and meaningful to me,” Tilley said. “It’s very moving to visit a place which I always read about in the Bible.”
The relaunch of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at a U.S.-sponsored conference last month reassured him before his trip, he said.
“I’m always in fear something would happen,” Tilley said. “But the peace process made me feel safer.”