Pat Robertson has now issued an apology for his comments after Israeli Prime Minister Sharon suffered a stroke. The day after Sharon suffered the stroke, Robertson said Sharon was being punished for letting the Palestinians have the Gaza Strip last summer.
Just to refresh your memory, Pat said "God considers this land to be his. You read the Bible and he says 'This is my land,' and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, 'No, this is mine."
Pat and many of his fellow Dispensationalists do not think God is quite big enough to take care of the prophecy angles on his own. Other evangelical groups also saw Sharon’s actions as a violation of their view of biblical prophecy of Jewish sovereignty over the area, they were just smart enough to keep their comments to themselves, something Pat has lost the ability to do.
Some might say “then don’t take your theology from the newspaper”, but that is another discussion. Robertson, Lindsey and others spend more time in the newspaper than in the Bible determining the flow of prophecy.
It is also clear that the secular Israeli government does not share Robertson's dispensationalists views.
Robertson has been criticized by almost everyone, and not just those who read this blog. Christian leaders, Jewish leaders and various non-leaders criticized him. He got canceled as part of an event to begin construction of a Christian tourist center in northern Israel. Rami Levi, director of marketing for Israel's tourism ministry, said the government is still "outraged" by Robertson's remarks.