God called on to smite Israel’s enemies

RABBI Ovadia Yosef, 89, spiritual leader of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Shas party,  has outraged Middle East peace negotiators by calling on God to make:

All the nasty people who hate Israel … vanish from our world.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

The old fool’s remarks, aimed specifically at Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, was made in a weekly sermon.

He went on to say:

May God strike them down with the plague along with all the nasty Palestinians who persecute Israel.

The United States condemned the remarks as “deeply offensive”.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu distanced himself from the comments with a statement saying that his government wanted peace with the Palestinians.

The attack on Abbas also prompted chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat to condemn the remarks as

An incitement to genocide.

Erakat urged the Israeli government:

To do more about peace and stop spreading hatred.

In 2000 the rancid rabbi said the Nazi Holocaust was God’s retribution against Jewish sinners. He Later added that he believed all six million Jewish victims were pure and complete saints.

And in 2001 he said of Arabs:

It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable.

Later said he was only referring to terrorists.

The US response to Rabbi Yosef, a founder of the Shas party, was swift. In a statement, US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said:

We regret and condemn the inflammatory statements by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. These remarks are not only deeply offensive, but incitement such as this hurts the cause of peace.

Mr Netanyahu’s office issued a statement saying that Rabbi Yosef’s comments:

Do not reflect the views of Benjamin Netanyahu or of his government.

In the past, the former Chief Rabbi of Israel has incurred the wrath of secular Jews, liberals, women and gays with his stupid pronouncements.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn