Jordan closed Bethlehem to Christians from 1949 until Israel opened the gates. Now the Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, prohibits a Jewish guide on a Congressman’s tour.
Florida Republican and Tea Party member Allen West wrote his constituents after touring Israel earlier this month, “When we went to Bethlehem to visit the birthplace of Jesus- a Jew- our group was not allowed to have our regular Jewish guides or bus drivers because Israeli citizens are not allowed in Bethlehem or the ancient city of Jericho where the Bible teaches us that Joshua blew down the wall with trumpets.”
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