You've got to see this. I'm not usually amazed at the crazies, but this one caught me off guard. In short, Bush backed off the mid-East program because the right-wingnuts believe that Jesus can't come back if the Palestinians are in control of any part of the holy land. They have been assured that the Gaza strip shows no "biblical" significance that would put the "second-coming" in jeopardy. I guess the story has been around for a little while, but I just found it reading a discussion about the right's desire for a theocratic United States. It seems the ride has started.
"The e-mailed meeting summary reveals NSC Near East and North African Affairs director Elliott Abrams sitting down with the Apostolic Congress and massaging their theological concerns. Claiming to be "the Christian Voice in the Nation's Capital," the members vociferously oppose the idea of a Palestinian state. They fear an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza might enable just that, and they object on the grounds that all of Old Testament Israel belongs to the Jews. Until Israel is intact and Solomon's temple rebuilt, they believe, Christ won't come back to earth.
Abrams attempted to assuage their concerns by stating that "the Gaza Strip had no significant Biblical influence such as Joseph's tomb or Rachel's tomb and therefore is a piece of land that can be sacrificed for the cause of peace."
The Jesus Landing Pad: Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move from the Village Voice
are we there yet...?"