What Modern Day Country Is Bethlehem In?

What Modern Day Country Is Bethlehem In?

What Modern Day Country Is Bethlehem In?

Bethlehem technically is part of the modern day Palestinian National Authority. The Palestinian National Authority is not recognized as a nation-state by some countries, including the United States. The Authority refers to itself as the State of Palestine.

In 2013, the United Nations recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state. Prior to becoming a part of the Palestinian National Authority, Bethlehem was under the control of the nation of Israel when that country occupied the West Bank. The first historical references to a town of Bethlehem date back to 1400 B.C.E. Located directly south of Jerusalem, Bethlehem is important to three of the world's major religions,: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.