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Rav Ovadia Yosef: Lapid a Scoundrel who Hates the Yeshivas

If Shas is invited to join the coalition, it is sure to torpedo most of Netanyahu's national agenda.
Shas's spiritual leader Rav Ovadia Yosef.

Shas's spiritual leader Rav Ovadia Yosef.
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After his attack on the Jewish Home, which he dubbed “Goyish Home,” Shas’s spiritual leader is going after Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. In his Saturday night’s weekly sermon, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef lashed at the evil man Lapid.

In his weekly sermon, Rav Ovadia told the story of “a king who had one beloved minister he loved very much. He was a regular visitor at the king’s chamber, they conversed about security and the coalition and the opposition, the spoke about everything, and the minister would give him advice: ‘Don’t go with Lapid, he’s a scoundrel, he is, hates the yeshivas.’ He would advise him, give him advice.”

Rav Ovadia’s Sermon is part of Shas’s continued attempts to separate the Jewish Home party from Yair Lapid’s party. As you may recall, last Thursday Shas representatives apologized for their attack against Naftali Bennett and his “Goyish Home.” Shas is looking for ways to separate Bennett from Lapid.

The natural path to a Likud-led coalition that would deal effectively with many painful and pressing issues: severe budget cuts, equal burden legislation, and some deal with the Palestinians, goes through a pact with Yesh Atid and Jewish Home. The two blocks comprise 62 seats, and both Lapid and Bennett appear amenable to Netanyahu’s positions on all three topics.

In fact, if Shas is invited to join the coalition, it is sure to torpedo at least two out of three initiatives: budget cuts and equal burden, which would involve sending their own constituency to military service.

Except Netanyahu is not excited about achieving great success in partnership with Lapid or Bennett, either one of whom can overshadow him come next elections. He much prefers a do nothing government, with his two true rivals withering either in minor government posts or outside the coalition altogether.

In that sense, Rav Ovadia is not altogether wrong in his Saturday night tale about the loyal Shas adviser and King Bibi.

The only course open at the moment for Bennett and Lapid is to stick together and stick to their guns in talks with Netanyahu (Jewish Home is scheduled to meet with the Likud-Beitenu team this week).

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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5 Responses to “Rav Ovadia Yosef: Lapid a Scoundrel who Hates the Yeshivas”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    If Yair Lapid hates yeshivas so much, why were two orthodox rabbis elected on Lapid's Knesset list? Yair Lapid is not his father.

  2. Shas only cares about Shas,funding for their programs,Yeshivas,Kollels,housing, and stipends…have shown they will support any politician,party who buys them….the people,land of Israel is secondary to them….

  3. If they don't want to serve the Army,do community/national service[work in nursing homes,hospitals,teac handicapped,clean national parks,something,besides the argument between Likud ,Jewish home,and Lapid is numbers,how many will be excempt,and if they refuse no tax breaks or free $$$,not jail…

  4. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    Shas v'chalom

  5. One surely has to listen to what Ovadia Yosef says, since he has a hotline to G-d. He can tell you exactly why G-d sent this hurricane or that tsunami.

    Rav Ovadia Yosef: A Scoundrel who Hates Reason and Sanity.

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