Quote For The Day

Aug 27 2012 @ 11:16am

"When we make the blessing on the dates that ‘our enemies and haters should be ended’ we should have in mind the Iranian regime, those evil people who threaten Israel. Do good, God, wipe them out, kill them … Destroy them God, obliterate them from the face of the earth," – Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, after being briefed by Netanyahu's administration on the Iranian threat.

"Obliterate them from the face of the earth." Recall that the Shas party is an integral part of Neyanyahu's coalition, and the briefing was designed to put religious pressure on the Shas minister in the inner security candidate still sane enough to oppose a pre-emptive strike on Iran.

Let there be no mistake: this is an Israeli rabbi calling for another people to be obliterated from the face of the earth. The ironies seem lost. Update from a reader:

An important distinction: Rabbi Yosef specified the Iranian "regime", not the Iranian people. It's likely, yes, that he wants the individuals in the regime to be killed (by God, it should be noted, not by Israel), but this is not a call for genocide. That does not mean that it's helpful, however.