Christmas Day in Bethlehem was marked by Palestinian rocks and iron bars hurled at the car of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal as he drove out of Bethlehem after celebrating Christmas Mass. The prelate was not hurt, but the rear of his car was smashed. He raced to the nearest IDF checkpoint near Rachel’s Tomb, with a Palestinian gang in pursuit. At the checkpoint, the Palestinians clashed with the Israeli soldiers.
This year’s Christian festivities took place under the shadow of the Palestinian terror plaguing the country since September. The Palestinian Authority imposed heavy security on Bethlehem, which was draped in festive decorations. Its spokesmen claimed to be guarding Christian shrines and pilgrims against Islamic State efforts to mar the festival. They omitted to mention that the most immediate threat came from Palestinian terror.