A group of Spanish women sang "Yellow Submarine" in their own language outside the tiny stone doorway to the church and queued for photographs and autographs. "I am feeling humble," Telegraph quoted him, as saying. McCartney also lighted a candle, insisting that he was carrying a message of peace for the country.
"This candle is for peace for all people all around the world, especially in Israel and Palestine," he said. He also visited the Grotto, the subterranean chamber where Mary is believed to have delivered Jesus. McCartney was accompanied by his American girlfriend Nancy Shevell.
When asked his reaction to the Palestinian leaders panning him for agreeing to perform in Israel, breaking their call for a cultural boycott of Israel, he said he respected their view but disagreed. "I have come here to Bethlehem deliberately to see Palestine with my own eyes," he said. "Anyone who knows me knows I support peace for all people. "This visit is meant to counter those that criticise me for going to Israel," he added.