Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sent this Christmas message to the world: “In Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born, a Palestinian messenger who would become the guiding light for millions around the world.” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Abbas should check his facts, read the New Testament before spouting such nonsense. Palmor said. "But we forgive him, for he knows not what he does."