Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, implored President George W. Bush to work with G-d to help the Jewish people. "The Jewish people is eternal, it remembers those in history who favored it, and never forgets those who harmed it either," the highly esteemed Rabbi wrote in a letter that was handed to Bush Thursday. "We want your name to go down in history as that of a president who helped Israel, who worked with G-d and not against Him... You have been given the privilege of serving as President of the United States. Use your role, and we will do our part to remember you for good for generations to come."
"The plans which were made public today are contrary to the word of G-d," Rabbi Eliyahu wrote. Handing over the place of the Temple to murderers of women and children[, to those] who bear the L-rd's name in vain is an action against the Nation of Israel and G-d, he explained. "According to the plans presented by your Secretary of State," he added, "Kfar Saba, Afula, Beit Shean, Netanya, Migdal HaEmek and hundreds of communities will come under fire like Sderot, placing hundreds of thousands of people in danger. What next?"
Rabbi Eliyahu said that he expects Bush, "a man who believes in the Bible and knows it is the word of G-d," to remember that G-d promised the entire Land of Israel to the Jewish people and that "Ishmael has no part and parcel in the promises."