"The Christmas festivities traditionally bring a boost of holiday cheer to Christians in the Holy Land, whose numbers have shrunk over the decades relative to the general population and now make up just a minority."
Let tourists in to be fleeced at the tacky souvenir shops that abound? Absolutely. Pretend to the world that Christians are welcome and their religion respected? Certainly. Persecute the local Christian Arab community? Shhhhh ...