Robertson on his television show The 700 Club last Thursday said that God had struck down Ariel Sharon as divine punishment for "dividing God's land."
"God considers this land to be his," Robertson said on his TV program "The 700 Club." "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."'
Robertson stated that the prophet Joel "makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who 'divide my land.'"
And Robertson himself added, "I would say woe to any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU, the United Nations, or the United States of America." Further, he point to former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated.
Robertson said God's message is, "This land belongs to me. You'd better leave it alone."
Immediately and continuing over the course of the past week Robertson's remarks drew condemnation and disbelief from religious leaders in America and abroad, from the White House and the Israeli government, and from watchdog groups that track the comments of radical cleric's such as Robertson.
Israel yesterday announced that it was backing out of a $50 million dollar deal with Robertson to build a Christian theme park near the Sea of Galilee.
Today, Robertson issued an apology for his remarks in a letter to Sharon's son Omri.
"My zeal, my love of Israel and my concern for the future safety of your nation led me to make remarks which I can now view in retrospect as inappropriate and insensitive in light of a national grief experienced because of your father's illness," Robertson wrote.
Striking a conciliatory and contrite tone, Robertson expressed his "profound sympathy" for Sharon, and called the Prime Minister "a kind, gracious and gentle man" who was
"carrying an almost insurmountable burden of making decisions for his nation."
"I ask your forgiveness and the forgiveness of the people of Israel for saying what was clearly insensitive at the time."
When first challenged regarding his remarks Angell Watts, Robertson's spokeswoman said:
"What they're basically saying is, 'How dare Pat Robertson quote the Bible?'"
"This is what the word of God says," Watts said. "This is nothing new to the Christian community."
So has Robertson refuted the Word of God? Or the Word of Pat Robertson? Are God's words "inappropriate and insensitive," or are Robertson's?
Is Robertson an accurate interpreter of the bible or is he expressing his own opinion? Is he sorry for his insensitive comments regarding a man still in a coma from a massive stroke?
Or is he sorry he is out of his $50 million Christian themed Disneyland?