Israel is a small country, not bigger than Hedemark county. After world war 2 the jews got this country from UN, there was only one small problem: some arabs and palestinians already lived there. It has been strife there since that time. For almost 30 years the palestinian areas Gaza and The West Bank been occupied by Israel, but since a year these areas have starting the process of becoming been self administrated. Did you know, by the way, that Bethlehem is on occupied territory?
Over here is the Church of the Nativity, this is the center of Bethlehem, and was built on top of the stall where Jesus was born.
It is sooo strange to walk here in Bethlehem, were so many things have happened. We’ve all been told that Jesus was born in a manger. This is how it looks like.
Tourists there’s at least enough of.
(Transcription and translation from an episode of the norwegian tv-show “Midt i smørøyet” visiting Israel in 1995 (see link below)