The Rabbi needs to learn

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, spiritual leader of Shas:

“They call them the ‘Jewish Home’ but this is not a home for Jews; it is a home of goyim [gentiles],” Yosef said. “They want to uproot the Torah, to institute civil marriage. It’s forbidden to vote for them. These are religious people? Anyone who votes for them denies the Torah.”

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, spiritual leader of Shas:

In his weekly sermon Saturday, Yosef, 93, struck out at Lapid, using an allegorical tale ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim about a king and his adviser.

“Every time he would come to the king, they would talk about security, about the coalition and the opposition,” he said. “Everyone would be discussed between them and he would give him advice on how to act: ‘Don’t go with Lapid. He is wicked, he hates yeshivas.’

Now: there are persistent reports that Yesh Atid and Bayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) have told Bibi they will not serve in a government coalition with ultra-orthodox parties. Does anybody wonder why? Really? 

On a more serious note, at least one source said that neither of the two parties were against a coalition with ultra-orthodox parties. In other words, they have not said they will not serve alongside ultra-orthodox parties. However, they were against being in a coalition with parties that did not support the principles they stand for – in other words (probably), haredi conscription. Seems logical to me.

Lapid and Bennett keep being attacked (by Likud, Shas, etc) for being novices and naive. But what I see are leaders standing up for their principles. I suspect that’s what Bibi and co find so shocking and hard to deal with. Sad, but probably true.

Finally, I liked this from Lapid in the Jerusalem Post:

In an apparent dig at Likud Beytenu’s coalition-building strategy, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid on Friday questioned statements made by officials of the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s party following a meeting between the two factions on Thursday.

In a continued effort to break the pact between Lapid and Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett that they will only join the coalition together, Likud Beytenu officials said that Yesh Atid has made it clear that it sees no place for haredim in the next government and encouraged Bennett to joint the government alone.

In a message of his Facebook wall, Lapid said that the two factions discussed in the meeting issues of housing, education, the costs of living and Israel’s middle class. “In other words, we spoke of things that are not spins, that don’t grab headlines and don’t try to cause anger and hate,” he asserted. “So why is it that all that came out of the meeting was a statement by Likud that we are rejecting the haredim,” Lapid asked.

Are you listening Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef? The ‘wicked’ man is teaching you a lesson about how to behave. Learn it well.