RABBIS WARN BUSH: ANNAPOLIS WILL BRING DESTRUCTION TO US
Group of right-wing rabbis writes open letter to US president demanding he cancel Annapolis
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 upon America.
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?"
from Gaza and the northern West Bank was completed August 23rd, 2005 – which was also
the date Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas.
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 Druckman.
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.
The 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
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 this article