On August 18, 2012, Israel’s former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef 91, in his weekly Talmud lecture broadcast on Israeli radio said: “A second Haman, also from Persia, intends to do evil to us“. He was referring to Jewish holiday of Purim; when Persian Jewish Queen Esther tricked her husband to give permission to the Jewish community to murder 75,000 innocent Persians.
During last Saturday sermon, Ovadia, said: “When we say the blessing over the dates at our Rosh Hashana meal this year, and we ask G-d to ‘bring an end to our enemies,’ we should be thinking about Iran, those evil ones who threaten Israel. May the Lord destroy them“.
It seems, like Netanyahu and Barak – Rabbi has also got frustrated by Obama’s hesitation to invade Iran. His tone during the last two sermons has drastically changed from his February sermon when he said: “Don’t attack Iran. Learn Talmud and G-d will save the people of Israel and send Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to hell. In every generation, there are those who tried to destroy us and HaShem (G-d) saved us. Now, there is a tyrant in Iran, perhaps a reincarnation of Haman. We have no one to rely on except our (revengeful) G-d in Heaven”.
Some Israeli sources have interpreted Rabbi Ovadia Josep’s latest anti-Ahmadinejad outbursts as a green-light for Netanyahu-Barak to wage ‘Jewish jihad’ against the Islamic Republic.
Rabbi Ovadia Josep is the spiritual leader of Shas party which has two ministers, Eli Yishai and Ariel Attias, in Netanyahu’s cabinet. Israeli daily, Ha’aretz’s political analyst Yossi Verter has reported that both Eli Yishai and Ariel Attias along with four other ministers Yishai, Dan Meridor, Benny Begin and Moshe Ya’alon – are against Netanyahu-Barak plan to attack Iran alone. It’s expected that Avigdor Lieberman and Yuval Steinitz will support Netanyahu-Barak plan.
So, even if Eli Yishai and Ariel Attias drop their opposition to Netanyahu-Barak plan to please their Guru Ovadia – the fact remain that a majority Israeli public is against war with Iran – plus Israeli Generals have voiced their opposition to war with Iran.
In August 2010 sermon, Rabbi Ovadia said: “Abu Mazen and all these (Palestinian) evil people should perish from this world“.
In April 2001 sermon, Rabbi Ovadia said: “It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable. May the Holy Name visit retribution on the heads of the Arabs and cause their seed to be lost“.
Last year several Zionist Jewish groups celebrated Purim by holding a Megillah (Megillat Esther in Hebrew) reading at the Iranian UN Mission in Manhattan, New York.
Who will be stupid enough to have dialogue with such evil and racist leaders?