Six Flags Over Jesus

Six Flags Over Jesus January 1, 2006

Thirty-five acres of rolling hills and rocky shores of the Sea of Galilee, tucked between key sites in Jesus’ ministry, would be leased to an association of evangelists led by American religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, Israeli tourism officials say.

The potential deal for turning over biblical lands to develop a tourist destination underlines how ties have strengthened in recent years between Israel and evangelical Christian groups that support the Jewish state.

Evangelical Christians contribute millions of dollars to Israel every year and support the Jewish state in its conflict with the Palestinians, though the two sides are at odds over theological issues.

The Greek Orthodox Church, which has close to 90,000 Arab followers in the Holy Land, criticized Israel for not consulting its leaders on the issue.

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