Ovadia Yosef, described as "a highly respected religious scholar among Jews of Middle Eastern descent," has made controversial statements to the effect that Israeli soldiers were killed in battle because they were not sufficiently religious. It is nice to know that the Jewish community has their own Pat Robertson!
"Is it any wonder if, heaven forbid, soldiers are killed in a war?" he said, "when they don't observe the Sabbath, they don't observe the Torah, they don't pray every day, they don't put on phylacteries every day. Is it any wonder that they're killed? It's no wonder."With the focus of America squarely on Islamic extremism and the focus of this blog on Christian extremism, one must not forget Jewish extremism.
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