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I *so* called this one! Headline: Israel punishes US TV evangelist - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
One person's lack of comprehension does not equal another's consent.
I *so* called this one! Headline: Israel punishes US TV evangelist
Please refer to my previous entry and see how I called this one! Please also note that in the following article, the reporter OMITS a particularly damning quote of Mr Robertson's in which he specifically comments that for the prime minister to give land to anybody INCLUDING THE United States as offensive to God

"Israel is pulling out of a $50 million deal with US TV evangelist Pat Robertson after he said Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution"

Here is the omitted quote which I reference in my previous entry:
Sharon "was dividing God's land and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU (European Union), theUnited Nations, or the United States of America," Robertson said.

Here is the remainder of the article:
Tourism Ministry spokesman Ido Hartuv said Israel would not sign a contract with Mr Robertson to build a biblical theme park by the Sea of Galilee.

Mr Robertson suggested on his popular TV show the stroke was a punishment for Israel's withdrawal from Gaza.

His remarks were condemned by the US government and American Jewish groups.

Mr Robertson was leading a group of evangelical Christians hoping to build the Galilee World Heritage Park.

The centre was expected to cover nearly 35 acres (14 hectares) north-east of the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

It would have had a park, an auditorium, a Holy Land exhibition, outdoor amphitheatres, information centre and a media studio.

The Israeli government had tentatively agreed to provide land and infrastructure for the centre in the hope of generating millions of dollars from tourism.

But relations soured when Mr Robertson said God wanted Israel to be whole and undivided and had therefore punished Mr Sharon for Israel's pull-out from the Gaza Strip last year.

"You read the Bible: This is my land, and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he's going to carve it up and give it away, God says no, this is mine," he said last week.


Mr Hartuv said his government was furious with Mr Robertson's remarks.

"We were due to sign a contract in the near future with Mr Roberson for the construction of a new Christian heritage centre in the Galilee," he told the AFP news agency.

"We, as the State of Israel, cannot accept what he said and we will not do any business with him or with anyone else who agrees with his view."

But Mr Hartuv insisted Israel had not rejected outright the idea of building the centre.

"The contract is still open - just not with Mr Robertson."

"If there are other Christian leaders, they are most welcome to sign a contract to bring Christian tourists to the state of Israel."

Mr Robertson is no stranger to controversy.

He was forced to apologise last year for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.


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browneyedgirl65 From: browneyedgirl65 Date: January 11th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it was very predictable Israel would pull out after those comments. The agreement was tentative in the first place.

I truly don't understand why he shoots his mouth off. At this point, you'd think his own organization would assign someone to trail around after him and leap to cover his mouth when he opens it...
fixx From: fixx Date: January 11th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect this is the onset of alzheimers personally, still I think it is a wake up call for a lot of evangelical christians who are having their faith tested, "wait, God says THAT???"

I mean even with Alzheimers, this is still an expose of the bizarre ideas that go on in Pat Robertson's head, and more importantly, Alzheimers or no, I think it is important for Christians to stop and realize that not everyone who says they have God's ear really do, such as the current president.

Oh here's a tagline I saw today you might find entertaining. "The President of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. Now, if he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ludicrous or more offensive." --Harris, Sam
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