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August 30, 2010
Posted: 652 GMT

Shocking words have come from the spiritual leader of Israel's ultra-orthodox political party, Shas. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef denounced the upcoming direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians in Washington this week and was quoted by Israel Army Radio as saying of the Palestinian President, "Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this world... God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians."

Instant condemnation of his weekly sermon came from the Palestinian government. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called it incitement, saying in a statement: "The spirtual leader of Shas is literally calling for a genocide against Palestinians," adding that, "He is particularly calling for the assassination of President Abbas (Abu Mazen) who within a few days will be sitting face to face with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Is this how the Israeli government prepares its public for a peace agreement?"

The Shas party is part of Netanyahu's coalition and has issued no official statement. Netanyahu's office issued this statement: "These things do not reflect PM Netanyahu's approach nor that of the Israeli government. Israel comes to the negotiations with a will to advance towards an agreement that would put an end to the conflict and guarantee peace, security and good neighboring relations between the two nations."

In his weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he is aware of the difficulties of the upcoming direct talks, but the Israeli side is willing to advance towards peace.

Ahmed Tibi, an Arab Israeli and deputy speaker of the Israeli parliament says: "The Rabbi... has long been the leader of the unjust and evil, he speaks from hatred and calls for murder and death and this is a far cry from the values held by all heavenly religions."

This is not the first time the Shas spiritual leader has caused controversy with his sermons. Israeli media says in 2001 he called the Palestinians "evil and damnable" adding: "You must send missiles to them and annihilate them."

There's been widespread condemnation of the comments across the Arab media - coming just three days before the Israeli and Palestinian leaders meet to talk peace.

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oldtester   August 30th, 2010 7:13 am ET

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's first name in English is "Dick".

kaz   August 30th, 2010 7:21 am ET

All extremists are alike desregards their race,religion or gender;and it seems that their number is growing ! very sad.

yussuf said   August 30th, 2010 7:21 am ET

no comment.......bcs he is alive but death on wisdom

leor   August 30th, 2010 7:26 am ET

I usually support Israel, but obviously Ovadia Yosef is a very stupid person who doesn't represent Israeli position. It's unfortunate that he opens his mouth for everyone to hear once in a while.

Clive   August 30th, 2010 7:47 am ET

Where is the Israeli and Jewish condemnation of these comments? Well here is mine – animals like this moron Yosef – have degraded Israel and the Jewish people to be nothing better than Nazi's. As a Jewish person I resent in the greatest possible way such racist speech. It will do nothing to help Israel's plight and has no place in a modern society. But for American finance, Israel would not exist. It's time for America to begin reassessing what racist and evil Zionist policy – as espoused by Yosef – they are supporting.

World   August 30th, 2010 7:49 am ET

So what are the pro-Israeli saying to this man's comments? What kind of peace are the two parties actually looking for when they have a total hatred towards each other. Israel does not want to return the occupied land and neither will Palestine let it go.

Rami   August 30th, 2010 7:52 am ET

Look at that ...

Those words are of a high caliber and super fired with hatred and evil. Yet for this story we see only 4 comments so far, but if it was any other political or words said against ...... well then the whole world floods to the rescue and starts lashing with their decent manners * NOT * .... against Muslims, Arabs and the Palestinians in specific.
So go figure this world is twisted. This Rabbi is calling for a hate and genocide against human beings, but of course since his words are not anti-semitic they are fine.

what a sick world we live in.

Jeff   August 30th, 2010 7:52 am ET

The Rabbi is absolutely right. Who doesn't want evil people to die?

Jeff   August 30th, 2010 7:54 am ET

Oh, and I looked it up (yeah google), Ovadia means servant of God.

Zak   August 30th, 2010 8:24 am ET

I'm an Israeli and I'm ashamed my government has done more than issue a weak statement condemning this demeaning statement of the this dubious rabbi.

What is IRONIC, is that you have to remember this is a person who was born Abdullah Youssef in Iraq and although Jewish he grew up on Arabic values and these might very well be reflecting now.

Robert   August 30th, 2010 8:30 am ET

Funny, how I was just watching a movie call The Third Jihad....where Moslems tell other Moslems to commit more suicide bombings world wide.. Where moslem leaders promote "Jihad" to go out and kill innocent people. Here, a religious leader is praying to the Al-Mighty ...for the Al-Mighty to take actions against HIS enemies.
This Rabbi obviously feels the Palestinians who have daily attempts to bomb him and his family and neighbors are "enemies" worthy of praying to the Al-Mighty to remove them.
No comparison the the Moslems who want to bomb blindly against Jews and Americans alike.

Cocopuf   August 30th, 2010 9:03 am ET

The Palestinians have no intentions of wanting peace. Their agenda for peace is getting all of Israel. That is why I sympathize with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's remark. We are dealing with evil here. You may not agree but it is the truth. With hamas on one side and Mickey Mouse Abbas on the other, there is no future for Palestinians. How can you have a two-state solution without first renouncing their evil agenda?

If you don't live there, you don't know what is going on.

Morris   August 30th, 2010 9:08 am ET

He moved from Iraq when he was 4 yrs old with his parents, he is more Israeli than you ZaK.

Morris   August 30th, 2010 9:10 am ET

Quoting Robert there"Funny, how I was just watching a movie call The Third Jihad" you are basing your analysis on a movie. next thing you are going to tell us is that long distance phone calls are expensive because ET tried phoning home but he couldnt.

marco mauas   August 30th, 2010 9:13 am ET

Mr Erekat was right and very rapid in his act of denouncing Rabbi Ovadia Iosef comments. However, as a very experienced partner with Israelis, he also knows very, very well, that Jews and Israelis discuss everything–and I mean: everything. Israel is a country where opinion and fierce, passionate discussion are an essential component of life. Mr Erekat knows that the echo he himself will receive will be far more reaching than the comments of Ovadia. How about a little reflexion, what would it be if Mr Erekat wanted to defend Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani of being stoned in Iran? Her lawyer has miraculously escaped, her family is terrorized, and it may not be casual if Bernard Henri-Levy, a Jew and a strong supporter of Israel, is conducting a campaign on her behalf, and has succeeded in getting the signature of Mr Jacques Chirac. Ovadi Iosef 's sermon is not a dogma. There are no dogmas in Judaism, and no dogmas in Israel, and Mr Erekat, who plays his cards with subtlety, would surely agree with that.

miriam   August 30th, 2010 9:19 am ET

Yosef's comments are inappropriate as have been his comments on gays, Holocaust victims, women, Ashkenazi Jews, secular Jews etc etc.

These recent comments have been ignored or seen in the context in which they were said.

Although the spiritual leader of a political party, he is not a politician.

He has put effort into supporting the peace process and elevating the position of the non-Ashkenazi residents of Israel, including Arabs.

It is unfortunate that he made such remarks in whatever context but it is similarly unfortunate that they have been pounced on in isolation and criticized by those who are used to hearing equivalent and more credible declarations on a daily basis in their own societies.

gcodi   August 30th, 2010 9:35 am ET

the coment portrays the state of mine this rabbi has


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Frank Finnegan   August 30th, 2010 10:05 am ET

There is such a strong element of racism in Israeli society, even after being victimized by racists for so many years themselves, and the Old Testament view of the world is rather pathetic; not because it is so dated, but because it is so cruel and out of touch with reality. Again, extremist religious views seem hell-bent on destroying the planet and keeping folks from coming together. Is that what religion is supposed to do? Israel will destroy the world before she will save herself. With friends like this...

salayem   August 30th, 2010 10:22 am ET

israelis failed as yet to annihilate the Palestinians, now they turn to their vicious god.

Insan Mukmin   August 30th, 2010 10:31 am ET

Shas is part of the ruling coalition. Thus the opinion of Shas represents the official position of the Israeli government. Israel should not be allowed to dictate to the Palestinians that Hamas is unacceptable but Shas is acceptable.

Olokunde Lekan   August 30th, 2010 10:41 am ET

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef comment is just an individual opinion. The comment is common between Jews and Arabs. But, extremists in Arabs and Isreal are not meant for modern world. They are old orders. They are the people making world peace impossible. Most often, they do not want to let go. Extremist from Iran President to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef are making the world a difficult place to live. May God help mankind.

another_Jesus_is_calling   August 30th, 2010 10:44 am ET

try loving yourselves and others will follow.

john   August 30th, 2010 10:58 am ET

Robert, Well said!
Morris you fail to disprove Roberts remarks, the movie is a wonderful Parable.

coldturkey   August 30th, 2010 11:35 am ET

Muslim religious and political leaders all around the world are making comments on a daily basis how Israel and Jews should vanish, but now when one irrelevant old rabbi said that former terrorist Abbas should vanish we are witnessing absolute media frenzy. Bravo CNN!

Harry   August 30th, 2010 11:45 am ET

Man bites dog!!!!!
When did all the self righteous moralists–including all the knee jerk antisemites posing merely as "antizionists" ever condemn the vicious
mad Hitlerite diatribes agains the State of Israel? And that includes every Arab and moslem state and almost all the crazy with hatred of Jews "intellectuals" who are afraid to denounce the Moslem world for a million violations of human rights against their own citizens.
Let's first face the ugly reality and then stop this awful hypocricy!!!

snowboarderf   August 30th, 2010 11:56 am ET

Zak what a ridiculous thing to say! Even when a JEWISH leader / member of Israeli parliment and former chief rabbi of israel spouts out such hatred, you blame it on his 'arab values'?! seriously?!!!! You're as deluded as this despicable rabbi

kaz   August 30th, 2010 12:11 pm ET

It takes 2 to tango, the problem in this part of the world is mainly that both parties belong to the same race with the same deeply embedded culture and mentality, no doubt on both sides there are a lot of goodloving highly educated open minded people, on the other hand there are also a lot of people blinded by vendetta that their hate to their ennemy always wins from their love of their own children.

DEEJ   August 30th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

Palestinian outrage is justified, however where is the Palestinian outrage when some Muslem leader calls for the destruction of Israel?

llekker   August 30th, 2010 12:28 pm ET

Another example how religion is out of line and out of place with this world! More damage has been done to the human race by religion and its messiahs and more devastating wars have been wraught in its name than anything else more destructive to humankind. Let's try to all get along and save this planet. Religion won't be our saviour, human ingenuity is!

NiklasA   August 30th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

So much for all condemnation of Hamas. These people are actually in government, yet they're more extreme than Hamas, and still no boycott of Israel, but only of Hamas.

Charles   August 30th, 2010 12:48 pm ET

The Rabbi's words are in clear violation and full of disrespect towards the Jewish religion which the Rabbi is supposed to represent. The essence of Jewish belief and religion is "To love God above all things with all your heart, and to love your neighbour as yourself".
Although I am pro-Israel, I am convinced that the Rabbi's statement does not reflect in any way the belief of the majority of Jewish people.
Shalom.

DGilmore   August 30th, 2010 12:55 pm ET

I have to agree with Harry on this one...
"Man bites dog"
Focus on the peace and ignore the ignorant ramblings of a radical.
Everyone is saying "Peace! Peace!" ..but there is no peace.

jojo   August 30th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

Didn't Ahmadinejad say something about wiping out jews and israel off the map too? How come no muslim stand up and condemn that monkey.

vitochino   August 30th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

this is exactly how all average nazionists think, they hate anyone that is not nazionist. Americans should stop fighting proxy wars for the nazionists!

Walid   August 30th, 2010 1:17 pm ET

On both sides of the fence there are radicals who call for the destruction and annihilation of the other side. This is nothing new and we have been hearing such comments for the last 60 years. The teaching of hate, which is widespread in the Middle East, must stop. Arabs and Jews have no other choice but peache and people must learn to accept this fact and live together in peacful and productive society. Otherwise the only other choice would be war and destruction.

SSA   August 30th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

Finally the media is having a more even handed approach rather than making the Palestinians look bad everyday. Sharon made similar comments like this many years ago along with many Israeli leaders. They only spark hatred and move us backwards in life rather than forward.

BTW, thank you to all the Jewish people who have condemned these remarks. As a Palestinian myself I hope one day we can live together side by side in peace!

Joe   August 30th, 2010 2:59 pm ET

The Rabbi in Israel is like Hamas in Palestine. These people do not want peace. Apparently, they pray for the wrong God. They pray for Satan.

AJ   August 30th, 2010 3:46 pm ET

Not actually a call for violence. It pails in comparison with what is preached by imams around the globe. Frankly, after all the violence & hate towards Jews by Abbas & the Arabs in the region, wishing God to strike them down with plague is rather understandable.

landed   August 30th, 2010 4:06 pm ET

The so called rabbi is a foolish, idiotic, demented old fool.

Wally   August 30th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

I really hope and pray that God does intervene! This land was given too the Jews by God himself for any one too think different is wrong! God will intervene and his wrath will be swift and just!!!

S.B. Stein E.B. NJ   August 30th, 2010 4:26 pm ET

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef statement could have been better worded. I guess he is just so frustrated with the "Palestinians" Arabs not living up to their word in reducing the amount of hate filled books their kids are taught. I just wish the culture of corruption and hate would disappear from the Arab and Muslim worlds. There seems to be so much of it that it hurts their ability to seem trustworthy.

AHARON   August 30th, 2010 5:17 pm ET

I have yet to see this type of commentary on comments made almost daily by leaders in Gaza, Iran and almost every mosque, calling for MEN to commit genocide against all Israeli's, and all Jews. This Rabbi calls upon G-d to deal with the situation, not upon man. What a twisted view the world has on Israel and the Jewish people. Then the Moslem world will condemn the media for being "run" by the Jews. Hmmm. Sure doesn't appear that way.

were in trouble   August 30th, 2010 5:41 pm ET

Man, I sit here and read all of these comments and I think to myself, man are we in trouble. Jews hate Arabs, and Arabs hate Jews. there is no way around that. I dont think there will ever be peace. I am an American Jew. All this talk about genocide and plagues. I wonder what our future holds. Please stop comparing Iran to the Palestinians.Its not the same. I know that and you people know that. As a jew, its a fact, we have suppressed and occupied the palestinians long enough. It needs to end. My mother once told me that we had relatives that perished in the Holocaust. Well, 6 million people died so i amagine there are alot of decendants of the victims. It pains me to see Israel condoning the same treatment on another race. Fact – Israel is strong, she is not going anywhere anytime soon, so wiping her off the map is simply not going to happen. Fact – the land belongs to both of us, we must share it somehow. That is what Mr. Sharon once called "a reality on the ground". Fact – Hamas is a terroist organization. You cannot argue in its defense. It has done nothing to help the Palestinians and everything to hurt it. It needs to dissolve, go away or be destroyed. Fact – the Apartheid wall is exactly what it is, and Apartheid wall. Sure we can use security as a pretense to justify it, but the israelis are not fooling anyone. Apartheid is Apartheid. I do not call myself an Israeli. I am not a citizen of israel. I am jewish but I am an American. If israel is to be a true democracy, it cannot limit ones religion to Judaism. I know there will be no peace. it just wont happen. Oh we are in so much trouble.....

Alex   August 30th, 2010 6:52 pm ET

"The spirtual leader of Shas is literally calling for a genocide against Palestinians,"

It's not that I don't care about the lives of Palestinians when I say this but, does Hamas and Fatah's Charter not say that all the Jews in Isreal should be killed? So not just a single religious leader, but an entire charter states this. Would someone like to explain to me how Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat is not being an absolute hypocryte and is in no position to pass judgement?

adam   August 30th, 2010 7:17 pm ET

There is no difference btw this man and Ahmaddinjad. They both are the same quality and the same ideology, killing and discrimination.

Shining   August 30th, 2010 7:18 pm ET

The religious political party that this rabbi is their spiritual leader has 8 seats out of 120 in the israeli parliament.
Yea religious parties are a minority, but then against that party agreed signing the oslo agreements with arafat in 1993.
They are fed up from hammas jihadists blowing up in buses, coffee shops, resturants, clubs and so on, ever since those agreements..
Well Atleast he doesnt recruit jewish suicide bombers to go blow of innocent people..

AJW   August 30th, 2010 7:35 pm ET

I too love G-d. It's his fan club that i hate, if you know what I mean.

Smith in Oregon   August 30th, 2010 8:57 pm ET

That Rabbi is the head spiritual leader in the Shas Israeli Government party, his urging of genocide was broadcast to the rabid Israeli zealots eagerly listening to his sermon.

The man is a utter disgrace to the memory's of all of the American lives that have been lost due to the lack of a Middle East Peace treaty.

And how is Israel paying America back for America giving thousands of it's son's and daughter's lives, many Billions in free taxpayer cash and the most sophisticated weapons in the world?

Just days before the scheduled resumption of the Israeli-Paltestinian peace summit talks:

This Rabbi's who is the Shas Spiritual leader in the Israeli Government party, spewing genocide for the Palestinian leader and people.

Netanyahu spewing building settlements in Palestinian lands at the end of September during the peace treaty process.

Israel's embassy employees on strike

Joe Lieberman elects to not participate in the upcoming peace summit telling other's he doesn't think it'll accomplish anything.

Alain   August 30th, 2010 8:58 pm ET

The Arab and Muslim media, supported by Arab and Muslim dictatorships and Arab and Muslim mullahs/ayatollahs have institutionalized anti-Jewish propaganda, blood libels, hoaxes, which would put Der Stuermer to shame, since well before Israel's most recent inception in 1948 and do so on a DAILY basis, all over the world. But the world and the media does not care. Arab genocidal pronouncements are expected and accepted. Only when a rabbi reacts to such hatred and pronounces in the reciprocal form that which has been spewed by Arabs and Muslims for decades, does the Western media suddenly seem to care. The Western media always seems to romantically align itself with fascist ideologies. Or, at the very least, it knows that finding a single Jew spewing some crap sells more papers than daring to criticize a potential market of 1.2 billion indoctrinated people.

il   August 31st, 2010 8:04 am ET

the rabbi wants peace, peace on the whole world.
this will never happen unless these kamikazes perish.
if i was a kamikaze, blowing my self up, killing for no reason, sending little children and women to there death, i would hope the world would want me to perish, if not, then we are already ruled by terrorism

warsteiner   August 31st, 2010 1:21 pm ET

What about you? you people came to a country that had a thriving population and killed them then stole their homes. Who's evil? Who killed christ who stole the land who kills the children and Im saying lets count the dead and see who's evil

Fred Brun   August 31st, 2010 2:17 pm ET

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef sounds more like Goebbels. Actually it reflects the opinions and actions of a large part of Israeli society and its current government.

Rick   August 31st, 2010 4:24 pm ET

See , even Jews aren't immune from stupidity. Like Hamas, all this man knows how to do is hate! Both groups are so far from the philosophy and meaning of religion that they will never find peace or happiness in the world. Their own thinking prevents them from doing so.

proud zionist   August 31st, 2010 4:29 pm ET

Fred Brun

Wrong again, as usual. Actually Ovadia Yosef is ridicules by most Israelis. But let me not confuse you with facts, you know everything better.

proud zionist   August 31st, 2010 4:31 pm ET

Lying Smith:

The man is a utter disgrace to the memory's of all of the American lives that have been lost due to the lack of a Middle East Peace treaty

Name one.

Rick   August 31st, 2010 4:37 pm ET

warsteiner-

Your facts are completely false. That land was under Ottoman control until the end of WW1 at which time it passed to the British. There was never a Palestinian country ever, and the West bank and Gaza were parts of Jordan and Egypt respectively.

Those territories were lost when these countries initiated a sneak attack against Israel, and like every other country that won territory in a war, they kept it.

Now the indigenous people, who never ruled themselves want these seized territories for their own country!

Also, Christ was killed by the Romans. Jews never put anyone on a cross. Maybe you should educate yourself before putting out an opinion.

proud zionist   August 31st, 2010 8:31 pm ET

four israelis shot by terrorists, including a pregnant woman

Fred's and Johnny baby's and Hope-less heroes did it again

Ken   August 31st, 2010 10:21 pm ET

The "Shas" party doesn't speak for most Jews and this Rabbi is an idiot. I repeat - an idiot and I condemn him for what he says. But tell me, when will Palestineans stand up and condemn Hamas for what they say?

Josh   September 1st, 2010 1:52 am ET

The remarks of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef reflect his views, not the position of the Israeli government. That's like saying that Glenn Beck represents the American government. It's just stupid to assume that this man represents the views and positions of the Israeli government

Oh, and to the numerous anti-Israel posters on here, I would like to say one thing: prove to me there was a functional Palestinian state prior to 1967, independent in the West Bank and/or Gaza. You won't find it, because there has BEEN NO PALESTINIAN STATE. The area known as the West Bank was under an illegal Jordanian occupation while Gaza was under an Egyptian military occupation. Tell me, where is the independent Palestinian state?

A brief history lesson for you: the whole of Israel and the areas claimed by the Palestinians was under a British mandate, and proposed to be divided into two separate states- the Jews agreed and the Arabs rejected it. The League of Nations charter, which the UN has no authority to change or alter, recognizes the region called Palestine as the national home for the Jewish people. Before the British divided the mandate in 1922, Palestine referred to Israel, the areas known as the West Bank and Gaza and Jordan. Israel is an entity in eastern Palestine, Jordan in western Palestine. Therefore, logically, Palestinians are Jordanians.

So, if the international community continues kicking and screaming for Israel to recognize a Palestinian state, they should really learn their history. There's a nice little saying: "Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it." Also, will the international community stop recognizing Hamas and Fatah? Both are terrorist organizations and call for the extermination of the State of Israel and the Jewish inhabitants.

So, to reiterate, the remarks of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef are his own and in no way reflecting the positions of the Israel government. A Palestinian state should not be considered in Judea/Samaria and Gaza, but instead the international community should hold a referendum for the Palestinians: either live as Jordanian citizens with the full rights afforded as Jordanians or they can renounce all claims as Palestinians and integrate themselves into the surrounding Arab states (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, etc)

That is all.

Some User   September 1st, 2010 2:59 am ET

Abbas is just a tool that the israelis use to appear they want to bargain but quite actually, he has about as much power as my paper boy regarding Palestinian leadership.

I don't hope him to die, it is just that he is a tool and not anybodies leader.

Ariely   September 1st, 2010 6:40 am ET

God protect us from those acting to destroy you
--- Versus----
We are going to destroy you all

The difference between the 2 statements applicable in daily life is:
The one asking for god protection is not doing or intending to commit indiscriminate crimes
The other in committing crimes on daily basis
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** DESTROY ISRAEL IS A TRADITIONAL DESIRE IMPLEMENTED WHENEVER POSSIBLE BY ARABS AND ISLAMIST IRAN**
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A short example list of destroy actions –
All the CNN blogs space could be filled up with documented statements and actions intended to eliminate the tiny defending Israel
1: LIKE THE MONGOLIAN MASSACRES
Arab League declaration when 7 Arab armies attacked Israel in 1948:
"This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres"
Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Rahman_Hassan_Azzam
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2: DESTROY ISRAEL FROM INSIDE
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Hamas commander Raed Sa'ad to Israeli Arabs: Destroy Israel from inside [Hamas website, Dec. 12, 2005

3: BASIC OBJECTIVE TO DESTROY ISRAEL
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"The battle will be a general one and our basic objective will be to destroy Israel."
Statement by President Nasser to Arab Trade Unionists (May 26, 1967)
4: GENOCIDE INCITEMENT
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List of Iran leaders promoting Genocidal Incitement against Israel between 2000 to 2008
http://www.meforum.org/2167/iran-genocidal-incitement-israel
5: KILL THE JEWS
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" day of judgment will not come until Moslems kill the Jews. The trees will say O Moslem, here is a Jew behind me, kill him"
Hamas Islamist charter: http://www.mideastweb.org/hamas.htm

Sam   September 1st, 2010 7:55 pm ET

I support the great Rabbi. Anyway what did he say that was wrong? He said that may the evil people who fight Israel should get punished by G-D. He didn't even say that we should kill them or something like that (which would also be appropriate because Abbas and the Arabs in Israel are terrorists).
Anyway to the foolish people who call Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Shalitta stupid and other derogatory names you should look at the mirror and you will see a stupid fool. Rav Ovadia Yosef Shalitta knows 50,000 books by heart. You dont have even 1% of 1% of his wisdom and knowledge.

Sam   September 1st, 2010 7:58 pm ET

Muslims leaders call for the destruction of Israel, the United States and other Western countries almost daily. And on top of that actually participate and carry out terrorist acts and not call for G-D to "take care of it". Where is the outrage and shock by CNN? Where are the headlines showing what Arabs and Muslims call for agains't Jews, Christians, Hindus, etc.?

Fred Brun   September 3rd, 2010 12:14 pm ET

Sam

You need to go back in your cave where you have lived for the last 5 th years! Your comments reflect the attitudes of people in the ME who make peace impossible. You reflect hard core anti muslim hatred period.

proud zionist   September 5th, 2010 6:27 pm ET

Here FRED and Johnny baby and HOPE-less is what your bosom friends the Hizbulla terrorists are doing, HIDING ROCKETS IN MOSQUES now eat your lies!

Hizbollah weapons warehouth SOUTH of the Litani explodes.
dozens of Hezbollah operatives shuttled the remaining rockets to warehouses nearby and to a mosque adjacent to Nabatieh, north of the Litani River.
Hezbollah blocked the Lebanese military and UNIFIL from arriving at the scene until after the remaining weapons were relocated.
It is believed that various kinds of rockets were stored in the warehouse, from short-range, 107mm rockets, to medium-range, 122mm rockets.

Smith in Oregon   September 7th, 2010 12:36 am ET

Israel is actively pushing America and suckering the American people into WW3 where America would square off against North Korea, China and Russia at the same time while Israel sits back and laughs at how gulliable American's are on the sidelines.

Russia has as many mobile MIRV's as the tiny nation of Israel has Israeli Officials, undoubtedly China has MIRV's of it's own based on the miniature U.S. trident missile hydrogen warhead blueprints purportedly stolen by Israeli spy's and given to Chinese engineers which later turned up in numerous Chinese military contractor's hands where the theft was exposed.

Good luck on Israel stopping a Mach 10 incoming MIRV with multiple decoy's, they would simply turn that tiny country into a single parking lot. The sole irony being it is Israel themselves actively pushing in that direction attempting to force America into a confrontation against North Korea, China and Russia all at the same time.

Israel appears to think they'll simply sit on the sidelines as they have in the past laughing at America's gullibility. I seriously doubt North Korea, China nor Russia would let Israel get away with that however.

arabb   November 14th, 2010 12:17 am ET

There is no democracy in Israel as a state is illegitimate and illegal and not recognized
Evidence of this if anyone wanted to write a comment in the Israeli websites
Does not allow him or be there are many obstacles to prevent him from writing a comment The reasons for Arab-Israeli conflict is the occupation of Palestine in 1948.
Palestine Arab Islamic state like the rest of the Arab and Islamic states surrounding
Them. Means that there are Jews and Zionists in Palestine a big mistake, because this entity
Zionist is not consistent with the surrounding area (such as language, customs, traditions and religion)
The only solution to end the Arab-Israeli conflict is the expulsion of Jews from Palestine
All of Palestine. The Jewish people will not rest and will not feel comfortable and stability
But if it gets out of Palestine and the Middle East completely. If people continue to
Jews in Palestine and the Middle East, the death and destruction will continue.
Palestine Arab Islamic state and will remain


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