Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Israel to Patty R: deal is a no-go

Well, apparently, Patty's comments about Sharon's stroke being an act of God struck a raw nerve in the Israeli Tourism Ministry (after all, why should us Palestinians be upset?)-his 'steal-of-a-deal' was nixed. According to Haaretz, the $50 million tourism partnership where a zio-Christian disneyworld would have been built on land (cleared of its indigenous Palestinian inhabitants, who are fifty-years on denied the right to return to this empty land) leased for free in al-Jaleel is a no-go, due to his rash bashin' of Sharon (whose sense of smell doctors are apparently trying to stimulate by placing shawarmas by his bedside, according to Israeli radio).

I guess God does work in mysterious ways.


Blogger tafka PP said...

See, I told you it wouldn't see the light of day- didn't think it would be for this reason tho!

2:12 PM  
Blogger أبو سنان said...

The project is not off, just not to Robertson's group. Israel wants to let another group do it instead.

2:48 PM  
Blogger solitarioh2005 said...

Haaretz pages often change so you can read the pat novel bellow

Robertson 'said Sharon being punished by God'

January 5, 2006


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Rev. Pat Robertson has claimed the deteriorating health of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is divine punishment for a soft stance on Israel. Sharon, who turns 78 next month, is currently believed to be in critical condition following a cerebral hemorrhage.

Robertson also pointed to the November 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin as further evidence that God is punishing leaders willing to divide Israel.

The group People for the American Way has released the following transcript of the broadcast:

"Ladies and Gentlemen I said last year that Israel was entering into the most dangerous periods of its entire existence as a nation. That is intensifying this year with the loss of Sharon. Sharon was personally a very likeable person and 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 'divide my land.' God considers this land to be His. You read the Bible and He says 'this is my land' and for any Prime Minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says 'no, this is mine.' I had a wonderful meeting with Yitzhak Rabin in 1974. He was tragically assassinated, it was a terrible thing that happened but nevertheless he was dead. And now Ariel Sharon who again was a very likeable person, a delightful person to be with, I prayed with him personally, but here he's 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 the United States of America. God says 'this land belongs to me. You'd better leave it alone.'"

People for the American Way has also released a video of the monologue.


Israel punishes US TV evangelist


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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.
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.

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
Pat Robertson

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.

3 - Last update - 02:35 13/01/2006

Robertson apologizes for saying PM's stroke was punishment

By The Associated Press

Israel appears unlikely to allow Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson back into a multi-million-dollar Sea of Galilee tourism project, an official said, despite Robertson's apology for implying that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was struck down by God for giving up the Gaza Strip.

Robertson sent a letter of apology to one of Sharon's sons, but Tourism Ministry official Ram Levi said Thursday Israel is still "outraged" and would not rescind its ban on Robertson's participation in the project.

Robertson's' comments last week drew also widespread condemnation from other Christian leaders and U.S. President George W. Bush.


In a letter dated Wednesday and marked for hand delivery to Omri Sharon, Robertson called Ariel Sharon a "kind, gracious and gentle man" who was "carrying an almost insurmountable burden of making decisions for his nation."

"My concern for the future safety of your nation led me to make remarks which I can now view in retrospect as inappropriate and insensitive in light of a national grief experienced because of your father's illness," said the letter.

"I ask your forgiveness and the forgiveness of the people of Israel," he wrote.

Sharon suffered a devastating stroke Jan. 4 and remained in critical, but stable condition in the hospital.

The day after Sharon's stroke, Robertson suggested that he was being punished for pulling Israel out of the Gaza Strip last summer.

"God considers this land to be his," Robertson said on his TV program "The 700 Club."

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

Despite Robertson's apology, it was doubtful whether he would be brought back into the fold of the proposed Christian Heritage Center in the northern Galilee region, where tradition says Jesus lived and taught.

The blow carries a special irony for a preacher who helped define television ministries: the planned complex is to include studios and satellite links for live broadcasts from the Holy Land.

Levi, the director of marketing for Israel's Tourism Ministry, told The Associated Press that the government remains "outraged" by Robertson's remarks. The Gaza pullout was seen by many evangelical groups as a retreat from biblical prophecy of Jewish sovereignty over the area.

Israel's tourism minister, Abraham Hirchson, said Wednesday that Robertson's help was no longer welcome for the proposed center.

"But, of course, we continue full engines ahead to construct it because the Christian community around the world - the evangelical community - are friends," said Levi, who is responsible for coordinating tourism contacts between Israeli groups and other faiths around the world.

Christian groups, particularly evangelical congregations from the United States, have become an important source of revenue and political influence.

Evangelicals funnel millions of dollars each year to Jewish settlers in the West Bank and provide aid for those evicted from Gaza. They also represent an essential component of the estimated US$4 billion in tourist revenue expected this year.

Levi said groundbreaking on the center could come early this year and the first buildings could be finished within two years. The complex will include an amphitheater and broadcast facilities near key Christian sites, including Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and Tabgha on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and fish.

Hirchson had predicted it would draw up to 1 million pilgrims a year, generate $1.5 billion in spending and support about 40,000 jobs. Robertson was leading a group of evangelicals who have pledged to raise the $50 million needed to build the site.

But Levi said there was "more than enough outreach" to other Christian groups to meet the funding.

"The government does not rely on one person in constructing such a site, which is important to the Christians around the world," said Levi.

Levi suggested that an apology from Robertson would not get him back on the project, but he said that Hirchson did not exclude cooperation with Robertson on other fronts.

"We love to do joint projects with people. But we are also human beings and we have feelings and we think our partners should consider that at times - especially times like this - that statements like this hurt," said Levi

2:53 AM  
Blogger Em said...


Bloghopped from Foulla's blog

Salaams sister...

I reckon that Sharon's docs using shawarmas to stimulate his sense of smell is sumwat ironic..

Anyways wanted to let u knw that ur blog will become a normal read for me from now onwards and that I wil be linkin u

Take care..

3:19 PM  
Blogger Em said...


Bloghopped from Foulla's blog...

I only hv on thing to say on the Sharon's issue.I find it ironic that his doctors are using shawarmas to stimulate his sense of smell.

Wanted to give u my salaams Laila and take I will be a regular reader of ur blog from today and am linkin ya.

Take care and stay safe insyallah.

3:22 PM  

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