AN ISRAELI SOLDIER WATCHES THREE PRIESTS LEAVING THE CHURCH OF NATIVITY
An Israeli soldier watches three priests leave the Church of the
Nativity May 6, 2002. Negotiators were close to ending an armed
standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity on Monday as Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon geared up for a diplomatic assault on
Yasser Arafat in Washington.
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