Thursday, January 05, 2006

it's Pat!

Author/blogger David Corn recently reported a new business venture slated to happen in Israel. The following is excerpted from his site at

The Israeli government is planning to give up a large slice of land to American Christian evangelicals to build a biblical theme park by the Sea of Galilee where Jesus is said to have walked on water and fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish,
(emphasis mine)

A consortium of Christian groups, led by the television evangelist Pat Robertson, is in negotiation with the Israeli ministry of tourism and a deal is expected in the coming months. The project is expected to bring up to 1 million extra tourists a year but an undeclared benefit will be the cementing of a political alliance between the Israeli rightwing and the American Christian right.

However, the alliance has not been welcomed by all Israelis, including some who fear the ultimate aim of the evangelicals is the conversion of the Jews to Christianity rather than support for Israel.

Jonathan Pulik, a spokesman for the Israeli ministry of tourism, said the Christian market was very important for Israel's tourism industry. "We would like to give them more of a reason to come here. We would be willing to lease the land to them free of charge and they would finance the construction."

Christians believe that in order for Jesus to return, two preconditions are Jewish control of the land of Israel and the conversion of the Jews to Christianity.

Yossi Sarid, a former government minister and member of the Knesset, said he was wary of the friendship of the American Christian right and projects such as the Galilee centre. He said: "I am not enthusiastic about this cooperation because I have no desire to be cannon fodder for the evangelists.

"As a Jew, they believe I have to vanish before Jesus can make his second appearance. As I have no plans to convert, as an Israeli and a Jew, I find this a provocation. There is something sinister about their embrace."

Today, Mr. Robertson, who has a long history of meddling in government affairs, made the following statement on his television show, the "700 Club:"

I have said last year that Israel was entering into the most dangerous period of its entire existence as a nation. That is intensifying this year with the loss of Sharon. Sharon was personally a very likeable person. I am sad to see him in this condition. But I think we need to look at the Bible and the Book of Joel. The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who, quote, "divide my land." God considers this land to be his. You read the Bible, he says, "This is my land." And for any prime minister of Israel who decides he going carve it up and give it away, God says, "No. This is mine." And the same thing -- I had a wonderful meeting with Yitzhak Rabin in 1974. He was tragically assassinated, and it was terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless, he was dead. And now Ariel Sharon, who was again a very likeable person, a delightful person to be with. I prayed with him personally. But here he is at the point of death. He 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, the United Nations or United States of America. God said, "This land belongs to me, you better leave it alone."

So, it's Ariel Sharon's fault that he is near death in the hospital. He is being punished by Pat Robertson's god for dividing the country of Israel, land that Robertson tells us in his own words that god "considers to be his," and "belongs to me, you better leave it alone." He clearly and unequivocally takes the position that "any prime minister of Israel who decides he going carve it up and give it away, God says, 'No. This is mine.' "

Pat Robertson has negotiated a deal with the Israeli government for it to "give up a large slice of land" for his superstition theme park, thereby "dividing Israel."

Ergo, Pat Robertson is responsible for Ariel Sharon's possibly fatal stroke. Israel should take heed of his warning and promptly renege on the agreement so that Pat Robertson can no longer harm their nation and its leaders.

We should simply ignore him so that he can no longer harm ours.

(Pat Robertson is not a Canadian, information I had found earlier is incorrect. The post has been edited to reflect that correction. His country of origin does not affect the situation described.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Robertson is a native Virginian, son of former U.S. Senator from Virginia, Willis Robertson.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

He's also an idiot. A Christian theme park on the shores of Galilee sounds like something out of Robert Heinlein, doesn't it?

8:09 AM  

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