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Jerusalem - Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Abbas and Palestinians Should Perish From This World

Published on: August 28, 2010 09:53 PM
Last updated on: August 29, 2010 09:00 AM
By: Ynet /  Ha'aretz
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Jerusalem - Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef denounced upcoming peace talks with the Palestinians, which are set to start September 2 in Washington, and called for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to “perish from this world,” Army Radio reported overnight Saturday.

“Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this world,” Rabbi Ovadia was quoted as saying during his weekly sermon at a synagogue near his Jerusalem home. “God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians.”

The Shas spiritual leader also called the Palestinians “evil, bitter enemies of Israel” during his speech, which is not the rabbi’s first sermon to spark controversy.

In 2001, the spiritual leader of the ultra-Orthodox faction gave a speech in which he also called for Arabs’ annihilation.

“It is forbidden to be merciful to them,” he was quoted as saying. “You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable.”

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The Palestinian Authority had condemned the speech as racist and inciteful.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Eli Yishai, also from Shas, earlier this week also remarked on the forthcoming peace talks with the Palestinians, saying that Shas would oppose extending the West Bank settlement building freeze due to expire in late September.

Yishai has suggested that Israel would continue construction in the main settlement blocs likely to remain part of Israel in the framework of a peace deal, but freeze construction in outposts or more remote settlements.

**UPDATE**
Following Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s comments against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a senior PA source told Ynet that “even in Israel they have already stopped paying attention to this fool.”



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 Aug 28, 2010 at 09:57 PM Anonymous Says:

omein!!!

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 10:04 PM chusid Says:

He's the greatest leader we have, he always says what he wants notscared from anybody , keep it up

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 10:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Thank G-d. Some leader is willing to speak the truth in public!

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 10:20 PM Anonymous Says:

The israeli military really needs his advice. Doesn't he know "syog l'chochma shtika"? Let's say that he is 1000 percent right, What does he accomplish when he says this obnoxious racist statements?

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 10:25 PM Anonymous Says:

The rabbi says it as it is!

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 10:31 PM Normal Says:

Not helpful.

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 10:32 PM Anonymous Says:

R'Ovadya Yoseph Zogt Vos Alla Trachten

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 11:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2

"He's the greatest leader we have, he always says what he wants notscared from anybody , keep it up."

If somone who makes such stupid and dangerous comments is "the greatest leader we have", hashem yarachem on klal yisroel since we are really in bad shape. Doesn't he care about the recprecussions of his statements (which any "leader" would obviously focus on before opening his mouth.

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 11:26 PM chaim Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Thank G-d. Some leader is willing to speak the truth in public!

They words might be true but are not wisely said. Not every truth must be told...

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 11:48 PM yid Says:

Rc"l its hisgarus beiames to talk such a way who knows how much retzich and shfichas dumim this will chas veshulem bring.. In The past over 60 years of the medinas yisruel
They didn't have a normal Quit day with out fighting with they neighbors. Its time for us to face reality that the land of Israel is a bother

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 11:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Reminds me of the Ayatollahs talking about yidden in EY.

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 Aug 28, 2010 at 11:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Says:

Reply to #2

"He's the greatest leader we have, he always says what he wants notscared from anybody , keep it up."

If somone who makes such stupid and dangerous comments is "the greatest leader we have", hashem yarachem on klal yisroel since we are really in bad shape. Doesn't he care about the recprecussions of his statements (which any "leader" would obviously focus on before opening his mouth.

Sepharadim like Rav Ovadia know Arabs better than you do

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 12:46 AM he is acting like a sfardi shita Says:

He wants to make sure that the arab world should be more angry then the are till now koko. He dosnt know what the gmora says that u r not alowed to have a own land of yes ANI MTIR AS BSARCHAM??? It wasn't enough jewish blood till now????

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 01:20 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
yid Says:

Rc"l its hisgarus beiames to talk such a way who knows how much retzich and shfichas dumim this will chas veshulem bring.. In The past over 60 years of the medinas yisruel
They didn't have a normal Quit day with out fighting with they neighbors. Its time for us to face reality that the land of Israel is a bother

Yeah right as if we were better off with the pogroms in Poland or Russia. Stop blaming everyone else "but" yourself for our shortcomings. Look into our machlokes, mesirah etc.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 01:23 AM charliehall Says:

VERY Not helpful.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 02:16 AM Anonymous Says:

I think that his remarks are 100% right, but please why in the world should a leader that's considered in the world as israels spiritual leader say such commands? This can not bring any goods for a land that constitutional and democratic!
(Even the supreme
leader of Iran Ayatullah al-Udhma Khamenei would watch not to say such commands...)

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 02:39 AM kfir97 Says:

to all oy big fans lets look at it this way saying this is contradicting himself as he is someone who supported sinai oslo and gush katif for a few dollars for his mosdos which costed thousands of jews their lives and still is. Where was your voice then? Now this"gadol" starts screaming instead he should stand up and publicly apologize to the victims families close down shas and step down from any public position not to seek more honor from quoting people ke r'meir kahana z'l chabad rebbe ect.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 07:49 AM JamesDean Says:

I am sure that Chacham Yosef has a reasonable explanation for saying something that on the surface seems to be the most stupid thing one could say.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 07:57 AM Josh Says:

Does anyone recall how his coalitions were the ones that forced several governments into "peace talks"? What short memories we have!

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 07:59 AM Anonymous Says:

Couldn't have said it better myself!

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 08:18 AM cool masmid Says:

Reply to #8  
Says:

Reply to #2

"He's the greatest leader we have, he always says what he wants notscared from anybody , keep it up."

If somone who makes such stupid and dangerous comments is "the greatest leader we have", hashem yarachem on klal yisroel since we are really in bad shape. Doesn't he care about the recprecussions of his statements (which any "leader" would obviously focus on before opening his mouth.

Just so you know, your comment is also dangerous, speaking like you did against a godol is not advisable.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 08:39 AM remember 93 Says:

He still needs to do teshuva for enabling the oslo accords that killed over 1000 jews. That's right, Rabin could not have done it without his 17 seats in the kneset and his clear halachic approval.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 08:44 AM chamas, islamic jihad,hizballah Says:

Yup. thats what we always say about Israel! now we are on the same page!

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 09:07 AM gb Says:

Reply to #10  
yid Says:

Rc"l its hisgarus beiames to talk such a way who knows how much retzich and shfichas dumim this will chas veshulem bring.. In The past over 60 years of the medinas yisruel
They didn't have a normal Quit day with out fighting with they neighbors. Its time for us to face reality that the land of Israel is a bother

Some ashkenazim have no respect for sefaradi gedolim. If hacham ovadia said this, it needed to be said. To all the negative commentors : good job doing lashon hara on a gadol during ellul.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 09:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
yid Says:

Rc"l its hisgarus beiames to talk such a way who knows how much retzich and shfichas dumim this will chas veshulem bring.. In The past over 60 years of the medinas yisruel
They didn't have a normal Quit day with out fighting with they neighbors. Its time for us to face reality that the land of Israel is a bother

You're claiming that you're a YID, I'm not sure about that, a yid doesn't talk that way on the land of Israel, I know you're a satmarer and don't like tziyoinim, but that doesn't make the land of Israel a bother for us!

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 09:52 AM ShatzMatz Says:

I bet if you go back to the original speech you will see that this is not exactly what he said. Keep in mind that this information originates from Haaretz, whose journalistic integrity is nil. There have been similar situations in the past, and I went back and checked the speech. It was completely out of context.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 09:57 AM CommonSense Says:

remember 93 Says:
He still needs to do teshuva for enabling the oslo accords that killed over 1000 jews. That's right, Rabin could not have done it without his 17 seats in the kneset and his clear halachic approval.

What a foolish thing to say.
As if there's no G-d involved!
Are you one of those that blame the gedolim of pre-war Europe for advising Yidden not to go to America in the 1920s and 30s?
Gedolim make decisions based on what they perceive is the correct thing..sometimes Hashem wants otherwise.
Maybe it was the fact that virtually no frum yidden prayed for Oslo to work..that turned it into a disaster.
Yes..the same G-d that made the miracles of the 6 day war..could've made peace work as well. Lev Malachim V'Sarim B'Yad Hashem.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 10:25 AM The-Macher Says:

Yes, sounds like a typical Haaretz out of context quote.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 10:42 AM JewishEndOfDays Says:

Kol ha'kavod to R. Yosef! Based on new information, i.e. Oslo's disastrous results, he is changing his position. I wish all Rabbaim could change their opinions when they see they were mistaken.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 10:52 AM A Simple Chussid Says:

Not helpful at all.

Rav Ovadiah Shlit"ah has traditionally had difficulties containing his thoughts. I don't think any of us are worthy enough to ch"v knock such a Talmid Chochom Atzum of Rav Ovadiah's caliber, but it definitely comes across as unhelpful and even provocative. You rarely hear other Gedoilim express themselves in such a manner, but, again, to each his own.

Klal Yisroel definitely needs 'rachmei shomayim'. These are obviously very trying times.

"YESHIAS HASHEM K'HEREF AYIN!!!"

We just need to believe, and improve ourselves in being kind to one another, Tznius, refraing from talking during davening, and, most importantly, putting all forms of 'machloikes' behind us, especially those that pit father against son (sometimes even husband against wife), brother against brother, business partner against business partner all for the sake of proving something about their Rebbes which I'm not quite sure yet what precisely that would be, and we'll definitely be liberated. Is it really worth it to create such a row in a family for the sake of some cause which, in the grand scheme of things, won't benefit you? Does it REALLY matter to you that your Rebbe's rival went to visit another Rebbe and was apportioned Kuved Meluchim? Does that make any statements regarding YOUR Rebbe? Why do people who are otherwise successful and astute businessmen or professionals suddenly start acting in so childish a manner?
This is the biggest 'ra'ayah' that there something dark and sinister about it, and it is all 'ma'asei soton'. Otherwise it would have no explanation. We therefor need to be especially 'mischazek' in that regard.

May we hear only Besoirois Toivis, and may we be 'zoiche' to do Teshiveh B'shlaimis these 'Heiligeh Tehg' and to be 'mamlich' Hashem Yisborach on ourselves 'b'emes'. And may we be 'zoiche' to Bias Moshiach Tzidkeini B'mheiru B'yumeini. Umein!

(Sorry for chewing on your ears. Couldn't control myself.)

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 01:47 PM Anonymous Says:

we should be diplomatic with the arabs? what has it gotten us? the lubavitcher rebbe said, in connection to"peace talks" with the arabs, that a diplomat is someone who tells you to go to gehenim in a way that you'll want to go! we have to know,really know ,that these sonai yisroel will never make real peace with us till moshiach comes.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 02:43 PM CommonSense Says:

we should be diplomatic with the arabs? what has it gotten us? the lubavitcher rebbe said, in connection to"peace talks" with the arabs, that a diplomat is someone who tells you to go to gehenim in a way that you'll want to go! we have to know,really know ,that these sonai yisroel will never make real peace with us till moshiach comes.

No one is saying that they have to love us.
It means coming to a realization that life until now has been unbearable and it would be better for us to come to some kind of understanding.
Like Egypt and Jordan...
If you would have told someone in Europe 100 years ago that France and Germany would be living together in peace sharing one currency they would have never believed you.
But after 2 world wars and the glaring realization that said..we can;t live like this anymore..it happened.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 05:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

R'Ovadya Yoseph Zogt Vos Alla Trachten

And thats the real problem.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 05:29 PM Anonymous Says:

commen sense not,how can you begin to compare the european mind set with that of arabs who are not interested in peace,quality of life or something better for their children? they will never be able to "come to some kind of understanding" because they think martydom is apex of existence.

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 07:54 PM CommonSense Says:

commen sense not,how can you begin to compare the european mind set with that of arabs who are not interested in peace,quality of life or something better for their children? they will never be able to "come to some kind of understanding" because they think martydom is apex of existence.

While that is certainly true for some..it's not the case for most.
Egypt and Jordan have managed to..

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 Aug 29, 2010 at 10:45 PM Anonymous Says:

commonsense is not common,not the case for most?! what kind of wishful thinking is that ? even if that were true,the crazy jihadists suppress and kill anyone who doesn't agree with them. esther

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 Aug 30, 2010 at 06:13 AM Anonymous Says:

He can omly say "send misiles" if he beleives in the right and might of the israeli government; otherwoise he would say that he hopes god would make this headache go away. Nu, so what does it say about him?

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 Aug 31, 2010 at 11:45 AM MichelleNY Says:

The rabbi's words were taken out of context. He was simply saying that on Rosh Hashana when we make the berachot against our enemies, such as "yistalku oyvecha", to have in mind the Palestinians- people who are violent and irrational in their quest to simply murder us and anyone who disagrees with their dysfunctional and barbaric belief system. If anyone is an "oyev" is it not them? No one asked "vos iz neias" and ywn to post this on their website for all to see. There are people who attend the rabbi's shiurim weekly and these words were intended for those who were privy to their context and the entirety of the rabbi's speech.

With judgement day about a week away, I really truly feel for all you posters who were medaber lashon hara on a gadol hador. It doesn't hurt me nor does it hurt the rabbi, but it most certainly will hurt you. In your wildest dreams you'd never imagine his vasy knowledge and brilliance. I seriously pity you all. Hashem yerachem.

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