I recall closely following the news as the terrorists were occupying the church.
I could never understand why Israel got blamed for anything. It wasn't the Israelis that occupied & damaged the church, it was the terrorists.
Seemed to me the Israelis were going out of their way to avoid additional damage to the church. I thought they did a great job handling the situation.
One thing I did notice, that happened AFTER the terrorists left the church, was that the Christian Clergy seemed cowed by the terrorists. Although a lot of damage had been done to the church, the clergy were very reluctant to speak against the terrorists who had done the damage.
The desecration of the church by those thugs was horrible. This incident is rarely mentioned today.
If Christians or Jews had desecrated a Muslim mosque in the same way, the world would still be talking about it. (Christians or Jews would NOT do this to a Muslim mosque.)