|Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Ovadia Yosef, described by The Washington Post 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.
I suppose some Christians will be delighted to learn that the Jewish community has their own Pat Robertson. What did Yosef say?
"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 the U.S. squarely on Islamic extremism and the focus of this blog primarily on Christian extremism, it is sometimes easy to forget that there may be such a thing as Jewish extremism too.
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