Skip to comments.Christmas Eve in Bethlehem:So near, yet so far
Posted on 12/25/2012 4:15:09 AM PST by jerusalemjudy
Every Christmas I make the 15-minute drive from my Jerusalem home to Bethlehem for a reality check on the beleaguered town five miles away.
This year, contrary to the customary gloomy reports from the international media, things were bustling in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Bright blue skies and comfortable temperatures help make things more pleasant than in previous years when a cold, grey drizzle dampened spirits.
Driving up to the Rachels Passage checkpoint in my car with Israeli plates, a quick check of my press credentials is all thats needed to get waved through. Tour buses and private cars get the same summary but courteous treatment by the Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint.
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