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.