By Greg Myre
Published: January 11, 2006
JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 - Israel said today it was breaking off negotiations on a tourism project with the evangelical leader, Pat Robertson, in response to his remarks suggesting that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution.
We cannot accept these statements, and we will not sign any contracts with Mr. Robertson," a spokesman for Israel's Tourism Ministry, Ido Hartuv, said.
Israel had been negotiating with a group of American evangelicals, including by Mr. Robertson, on a large Christian pilgrimage and tourism center in the hills near the Sea of Galilee, where the Bible says Jesus lived and preached.
Under the proposal, Israel planned to provide at least 35 acres for the Christian Heritage Center and the American evangelicals intended to raise about $50 million for its construction. A theme park, an auditorium and an outdoor theater were part of the plan, reports said.
GOI: Their are reports that Robertson is now backing off his comments in regards to the decision by the Israeli tourism ministry to cancel his project. To which Keith Olbermann from MSNBC's "Countown" said that Pat claimed to apparently see and hear all kinds of things but certainly he can see the flow of money being cut off by Israel.
Hallejuah and AMEN!!
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