Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Despite Netanyahu’s Efforts, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Opposes Attack on Iran


Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said that he would oppose any Israeli unilateral action against Iranian nuclear facilities, Israel’s channel 10 reported. (Arutz Sheva, 29 August)

The Shas spiritual leader’s opposition came despite attempts by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu persuading him to support a possible strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. Rabbi Yosef’s declaration would mean that the Shas and other haredi cabinet ministers would oppose any Israeli unilateral action, making it more difficult to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.
On Saturday, Rabi Yosef had called for destruction of the devil in Iran, presumably the senior leadership of the country.  
Photo Credit: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. (Israel news photo: Flash 90/Arutz Sheva)

6 comments:

Jabbar Fazeli, MD said...

It's a sad state of affairs when the political leaders are more religiously conservative than their spiritual/religious leaders!

Anonymous said...

J. Fazeli, MD

Do you mean that, these who are against war are less conservative?

In the USA majority of politicians read their Bibles and hear their preachers and choose to vote for wars...

Anonymous said...

Netanyahu needs this blessing like a mammal needs air. If this is true, he would have to be a raving maniac to sustain his messianic ambitions.

I will withhold any further judgment on this matter until I hear his speech before the UN General Assembly in late September. Having gotten this far, I don't think this is the last act...

Anonymous said...

Netanyahu needs this blessing like a mammal needs air. If this is true, he would have to be a raving maniac to sustain his messianic ambitions.

I will withhold any further judgment on this matter until I hear his speech before the UN General Assembly in late September. Having gotten this far, I don't think this is the last act...

Jabbar Fazeli, MD said...

@anon 4.12

The united states had two born again evangelists as presidents (president Cater, and presient bush) but that doesn't mean that they would seek a blessing of religious leaders before they make political and military decisions.

In fact, the separation of religion and government has been an Israeli tradition as well, to some extent.
I assume that Robyn or moshe dyan, and others, never sought any rabi's approval before making their military decisions .
Isreal and Iran have this problem in common, namely the religious interjections into politics. Israel as a democracy with theocratic facade, and Iran as a theocracy with cosmotic democratic exterior.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised you change the text.. the dude said devil Iran and not "in" Iran.

This guy is just another bin laden and God shall burn his soul.