Israelis reverse stand on Robertson

Response to Robertson's apology
Israel ended its brief suspension of relations with Pat Robertson after the controversial religious broadcaster apologized for suggesting that Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine retribution for Israel’s withdrawing from the Gaza Strip.

Robertson has been heading an evangelical group planning to raise $50 million for a Christian park by the Sea of Galilee on land provided by the Israeli government. Israel said it would not deal with Robertson after he made the remarks—widely assailed by U.S. evangelical leaders—about Sharon on his 700 Club program.

The broadcaster later sent a letter to Sharon’s son Omri apologizing for the comments, which he called “insensitive.” After hearing of Robertson’s apology, Israeli’s tourism ministry reversed itself.


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