Yesterday was Christmas, which means that local Christians were once again treated to a rant by Palestinian leaders trying to appropriate Jesus as part of their cause against Israel.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas published a Christmas greeting that referred to Jesus as "a Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions around the world."
Abbas' predecessor and mentor, Yasser Arafat, began this shameful Christmas tradition decades ago.
As in other years, Israel's Foreign Ministry responded with scorn.
"He should have read the Gospel before uttering such offensive nonsense, but we will forgive him because he doesn’t know what he’s doing," ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told the Times of Israel, as he echoed Jesus example of forgiving those who wrong you.
Abbas spent the rest of the letter blaming all of the Palestinians' ills on Israel and the so-called "occupation."
Palmor noted that despite being a "Christmas" greeting, the letter didn't at all fit the spirit of the season. "Maybe he needs a hug from Santa?" the Israeli asked facetiously.
One part of the letter that many Israelis did take particular offense over was Abbas' assertion that the bulk of the Palestinian Christian population had fled Bethlehem and its environs because of Israel.
As several officials noted, Christians lived quietly and prosperously in the region right up until Bethlehem was handed over to the Palestinian Authority. It was only then that they started emigrating en masse.