Rabbi gives 'reason' for Rita

Date: 09-25-05

A former Israeli chief rabbi described the Gulf Coast hurricanes as divine punishment for President Bush's support for the Gaza Strip withdrawal.

"Two million Americans have become refugees because the Gush Katif exiles have become refugees," the Israel daily Ma?ariv quoted Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu as saying over the weekend, in reference to the former main Gaza settlement bloc.

The United States may have endured Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but if it wants to avert further disasters Bush should apologize to the former Gaza settlers, said Eliahu, a former Sephardi chief rabbi. "Then the curse will disappear," he said.



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