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Palestinian Leaders Allege Bush Told Them He’s On A Mission From God

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President George W. Bush told Palestinian ministers that God told him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, and to create a Palestinian State, the BBC is reporting in a new series.

In Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs, a three-part series on BBC TWO (airing Oct. 10, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24), Abu Mazen, Palestinian Prime Minister, and Nabil Shaath, his Foreign Minister, describe their first meeting with President Bush in June 2003.

Nabil Shaath says: “President Bush said to all of us: ‘I’m driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, “George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.” And I did, and then God would tell me, “George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …” And I did. And now, again, I feel God’s words coming to me, “Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.” And by God I’m gonna do it.'”

Abu Mazen was at the same meeting and recounts how President Bush told him: “I have a moral and religious obligation. So I will get you a Palestinian state.”


The series is produced by Norma Percy, who also produced the 1998 series, The 50 Years War, which reviews 50 years of Israeli-Palesitinian relations, beginning with the U.N decision to partition Palestine in 1947.


This item first appeared at Journalists Against Bush’s B.S.

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About David R. Mark

  • Great minds think alike … and us, too.

  • This is an old story that appeared in Haaretz two years ago, but there suspiciously amended quotes in this new article. Try Googling “God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them”. This was a news story in 2003, but somehow the Palestinian ministers forgot to mention the part about how God told President Bush to get the Palestinians their state back then. Funny how their memory suddenly improved on that particular point.

  • I don’t have a problem with the President believing that his intentions are Divinely ordained. Many people are driven by the notion that they are destined for something. President Reagan believed after he survived the assassination attempt that God had a mission for him. The same can be said for Pope John Paul II. That doesn’t make them nuts. What is important, however, is that those in public office appreciate that not all of those they serve subscribe to their belief system. When an officeholder begins to mix the two, nothing good comes from it whatsoever.

  • Cunning linguist

    Yes Bush is on a message from god just as Clinton was on a mission from Larry Flynnt.

  • alethinos

    Bush IS on a mission from God. God told him this during a lunch that Coulter happened to be attending – it was a trendy spot in Crawford, TX called EATS.

    We ALL know that if BUSH speaks, God’s speaking through him… And if not God, then Karl Rove… And if Rove’s not available, then Cheney… If he’s out than Rumsfeld… Occasionally it was former FEMA director Brown at which times Bush would seem exceptionally bitchy. Now current FEMA director Allbaugh is being taught how to run the strings. Trickly business that…


  • coach knight

    I have a big problem with that. Yes,…that makes him…and you (silas) for that matter, a nut. What would qualify Bush as someone who would receive “divine” messages? I think he got his ideas from Rove, Wolfadick, fat-heart (cheney), and the others. So you think God said ” hey George, go and kill as many people as you can, I’ll sort out the terrorists later” ? What about the “accidental” deaths of children? I’m sure that reagan and bush both BELIEVE that they were called by God…..it’s called an over-inflated ego….but that doesn’t mean a rational person has to buy that sh*#! If you believe that, then you are as radical as the terrorists….period. Bush is a divine dumb ass. He’s a ” born again” christian, and there are none crazier. Snorted coke, was a constant drunk, liar, …avoided combat and let someone else die for him in Vietnam…but God has now decided he is worthy enough to be used as a messenger of divine wishes?. Are you a member of the looney tune church?

  • There are born-again Christians who are genuine, coach. Not all who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior are loons. I’m not a subscriber but do believe that each individual is entitled to their beliefs. That entitlement, however, stops before forcefully imposing that belief system on other individuals. There are events that take place in one’s life that causes them to profoundly change. President Reagan’s brush with death is a classic example. Somehow, if I was struck down by a bullet and survived, I think that would change me. If that makes me nuts, so be it.

  • coach knight

    Most born agains are like any other reformed person….worse maybe. They can’t be objective about things anymore. (Hell, evangelicals never were objective and they run the Republican party) We know…you’ve been through the ringer and were saved by God,…how could you be wrong about that? You must be right…because God saved you…so..if you really believe that…are you ever going to be objective about…a women’s right to choose?…..separation of church and state?….evolution?….any damn thing?.NO. That makes you a religious fanatic….well, at least the Republicans that bomb clinics and gay bars, and start wars…in the name of God.

  • Timus

    This story, which is making its expected rounds mostly among the America-bashing Leftist European newspapers, might have benefited if the two Palestinian leaders involved (Abbas and Shaath) had actually been questioned about the alleged comments:

    Mahmoud Abbas: Abbas Says He Never Heard Bush Talking about Religious Reasons to Use Force in Iraq, Afghanistan

    Nabil Shaath: Bush God comments ‘not literal’

    Funny how a little Google search turned up these articles which exhonerate Bush; funny how so few media pieces out there now care to mention the denial by both Abbas AND Shaath. Gee, might this count as liberal bias in the media…

    And ‘coach knight’, you’re a f*cking idiot who’d believe anything that fits the preconceptions that fuel your tiny pea brain.

  • GrtAndPwrflTrtl

    Timus, I don’t see how those articles exonerate Bush. Quite the opposite. Abu Mazen and Nabil Shaath were the two mentioned on this page at least. So as far as I can tell the fact that Mahmoud Abbas didn’t remember this isn’t really pertinent, and Shaath affirmed his words in the article you linked to; he just tried to spin it a little more positively. Thank you for posting links though, unlike these other guys.