News Brief 11/6/2007, Cheshvan 25, 5768
Rabbis Warn US of Disasters to Follow Annapolis
The SOS Israel organization dispatched a letter to US President George W. Bush warning him that American pressure for Israel to withdraw from parts of the Land of Israel and divide Jerusalem at the upcoming Annapolis Conference is liable to lead to disasters befalling America.
The rabbi pointed out that they had made a similar prediction in 2005, prior to the US-backed Disengagement from Gaza and northern Samaria. "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. There is no doubt the New Orleans flood from the Katrina hurricane was God's punishment for evicting the settlements, 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?"
Hurricane Katrina formed on August 23rd, 2005 – on the day the Disengagement was completed. "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?" the letter said.
The letter was signed by Rabbi Dov Wolpe, Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Yekutiel Rapp, Rabbi Gedalia Axelrod and Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, son of former chief rabbi Ovadia Yosef.