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[Rabbi turns the other cheek] Ovadia Yosef Frees [Muslim] Man Who Tried to Kill Him
Forward ^ | December 14, 2011 | Nathan Jeffay

Posted on 02/23/2012 2:20:35 PM PST by PRePublic

Ovadia Yosef Frees Man Who Tried to Kill Him By Nathan Jeffay December 14, 2011, 1:03pm What would be your attitude toward someone who had plotted to kill you? I can't help thinking that I'd be more than a little broiges.

You would imagine that the stakes are upped a little when the target of the murder plot is the former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of the Shas party. After all, his would-be murderer was planning his death as an act of terrorism, and Yosef famously said in 2001 that it is "forbidden to be merciful" to Palestinian terrorists. People initially presumed that the "them" referred to Palestinians in general, but he then clarified that he meant Arab terrorists.

But Yosef has just given his blessing to the freeing of Salah Hamouri, who plotted to kill him in 2005, in the second release of prisoners for the Shalit deal later this month. Hamouri is a Jerusalemite with French citizenship, and Yosef made his position clear to the French Ambassador to Israel, Christophe Bigot, who visited his home.

Netanyahu said he would only cede to French pressure to release Hamouri if Yosef agrees.

In what must have been a difficult and emotionally-taxing decision to reach, Yosef put aside his personal feelings for national priorities. Shas Chairman Eli Yishai explained his thought process, saying: "Rabbi Yosef appreciates the French president's actions for the benefit of the State of Israel and the Jewish community in France. Therefore, as part of his general outlook and concern for the Jewish nation, he has decided to grant the request."

TOPICS: Editorial; Israel
KEYWORDS: islam; judaism; judeachristianvalues; ovadiayosef

In an interview published in 2001 in London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat and Kuwaiti paper al-Watan, he said, "I deeply regret the human suffering caused to innocents,... Explaining his harsh remarks meant only to terrorists. In the interview Rabbi Yosef explains that in his words [snakes] he meant [referred to] only Arab terrorists, and not to the entire Arab population. His words were falsified. He says further: "I told the party leaders to seek peace and security.",7340,L-1224628,00.html

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1 posted on 02/23/2012 2:20:40 PM PST by PRePublic
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To: Yehuda

I believe that such a “person” usually, gets caught up with the law. If not today, tomorrow.

3 posted on 02/23/2012 2:35:58 PM PST by PRePublic (9)
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To: PRePublic

“Christophe Bigot”

An unfortunate name.

4 posted on 02/23/2012 2:44:32 PM PST by rightwingcrazy
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To: rightwingcrazy

Mr. Bigot met with Rabbi Offen Juden. The results were foreordained.

Predictable, too.

Further I type not as my gag reflex is in open rebellion.

5 posted on 02/23/2012 3:59:56 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: PRePublic
Speaking in the year 5772-5773

the muzzlims have 4 millenia of civilization to catch up on.

6 posted on 02/23/2012 10:41:10 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.


7 posted on 02/24/2012 4:38:14 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: Fred Nerks

You got that right. Sad thing is, with each step forward mankind takes, the Islamists, adopting more fanaticism, jump a giant leap backwards.

8 posted on 02/24/2012 5:20:18 AM PST by PRePublic (9)
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