Wednesday, November 07, 2007

It's reassuring to know there are nuts everywhere

But not that reassuring...

the Daily Star:

Fanatics warn Bush to fear consequences of peace
By Agence France Presse (AFP)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: A fringe group of ultra-nationalist Israeli rabbis has petitioned US President George W. Bush this week to cancel a Middle East peace meeting, saying that his country will face mass calamity if he does not. "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," Rabbi Meir Druckman, one of eight signatories, told Army Radio. "The land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. God punishes anyone who wants to force Israel to give up its land," he said, alluding to the occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank. "There is no doubt the New Orleans flood from the Katrina hurricane was God's punishment for dismantling the settlements," he said of the August 2005 catastrophe that hit the southern United States. Israel withdrew all troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005 with wide US and other international support. "The recent fires in California should be considered the last warning," added Rabbi Druckman. On Sunday some 2,000 people, many of them Jewish settlers living in the West Bank, protested against the international peace meeting expected to be held in the United States later this year. It was the first significant Israeli demonstration against the negotiations aimed at reviving full Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after seven years of stalemate. - AFP

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