NOT NEWS: Israel withdrew from Bethlehem last summer
This from the LA Times, according to HonestReporting:
The day before Christmas Eve, the Bethlehem commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a militant group with ties to Arafat, sat in an idling sedan at the edge of Manger Square, slumped low in his thick jacket. The trunk of his car was stocked with a tangle of M-16 rifles.
Abu Whassisname is damned right about that.
Abu Hussein was relatively comfortable. "I'm sitting here talking to you, and the people can see me," he said. "This wouldn't have happened before, with the Israelis."