Rabbis warn Bush: Annapolis will bring destruction to US|
right-wing rabbis writes open letter to US president demanding he cancel
summit or risk provoking 'wrath of the almighty.' Rabbis assert
Katrina disaster a result of
America's support of 2005 disengagement, say
California fires a warning.
A fringe group of prominent ultranationalist rabbis issued a
harshly-worded letter to United States President George W. Bush earlier
this week, warning him that the upcoming Annapolis peace conference would bring destruction
The rabbis evoke their previous prediction in 2005, when they published
an open letter to Bush in the New York Times, demanding the US rescind its
support of the disengagement plan.
"We wrote to President Bush, a man who believes in the Bible, to warn
him against the terrible danger to which he is exposing his country by
hosting such a conference," said Rabbi Meir Druckman, one of signatories
to the letter.
"The land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. God punishes
anyone who coerces Israel to give up its land," he said.
"There is no doubt the New Orleans flood from the Katrina hurricane was
God's punishment for evicting the settlements," said Druckman, "with
hundreds of thousands left homeless, hundreds killed or wounded and
billions of dollars sent down the drain – can we really ignore God's hand
collecting an eye for an eye?"
The disengagement from Gaza and the northern West Bank was completed
August 23rd, 2005 – which was also the date Hurricane Katrina formed over
"Despite those consequences, yet again we find ourselves facing an
initiative to expel Jews from Judea and Samaria and cede their cities to
terror organizations. And once again the patrons of the event are
President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"This time the Almighty is warning the US in advance: if the plague of
water was not enough now he shall send flames. While hundreds of thousands
of families have already fled the terrible fires in California, and we ask
you, will you really forge ahead with this malevolent plan?" added
The letter was authored by SOS Israel, a right-wing movement which
earlier this year distributed citations to IDF soldiers who disobeyed
orders and refused to take part in the disengagement.
rabbis urged Bush's administration to back down from the current direction
of the peace process, saying that not an inch of Israeli land should be
ceded. "Be merciful to yourselves and the beloved America and its
citizens. Lay down the hand you have raised against the Creator in war.
Help the people of Israel fight without compromise against the terrorists
who rise against it, and then, with a pure heart, you will truly be able
to pray: May God bless America," the rabbis said.
Among the rabbis who signed the letter are several leading religious
figures, including Rabbis Dov Wolfa, Yekutiel Rap, Gedalia Axelrod as well
as the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Hebron, Dov Lior and the son of
former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Yaakov Yosef.
AFP contributed to
Original article: YNet News
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