Israel has suspended contact with him for suggesting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was "divine punishment" for withdrawing from the
Tourism Minister Abraham Hirchson has instructed to "stop all contact" with groups associated with Robertson. The Associated Press reports:
"We will not do business with him, only with other evangelicals who don't back these comments," [tourism spokesman Ido Hartuv] said. "We will do business with other evangelical leaders, friends of Israel, but not with him."
By the way, although it is convenient for the press to pretend that the only reason Christians are "supporting" Israel is because of its connection to the end-times, there are many of us who wish the Jews well simply because the Bible tells us to.
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UPDATE: Robertson apologizes to Sharon's son
Evangelist Pat Robertson apologized in a Wednesday letter for saying that the major stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was divine retribution for "dividing God's land."
"My zeal, my love of Israel and 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," Robertson wrote.
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ANOTHER UPDATE: THE 700 CLUB EMERGENCY SCRIPT