May 25, 1990 |
The diet of Israeli leaders became a political issue today after a powerful rabbi privately accused several politicians of eating non-kosher foods such as pork and shellfish. The accusations against Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and others were secretly recorded as Rabbi Ovadia Yosef spoke to other religious leaders at a Jewish seminary on Thursday night.
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August 14, 2000
Re "Rabbi's Remarks Outrage Jews and Arabs," Aug. 7: Israel's Shas Party doesn't represent all Sephardim/Mizrahim (Middle Eastern Jews). There are, in fact, numerous progressive Mizrahi organizations working for peace, and many Sephardim/Mizrahim have positive relationships with Palestinians. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and his followers do not represent all Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews, either in Israel or in the U.S. We do not all consider Arabs our natural sworn enemies; we do not all believe in reincarnation; and many of us are university-trained professionals who are outspoken about the need for political, economic and cultural cooperation among all Middle Easterners, regardless of religion.
August 7, 2000 |
Controversy raged in Israel on Sunday after a rabbi who heads the biggest ultra-Orthodox political party said the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust died because they were reincarnations of sinners. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, leader of the Shas Party, also declared that Prime Minister Ehud Barak has "no sense" because he is trying to make peace with the Palestinians, who are "snakes."
March 20, 1990 |
President Chaim Herzog today named Labor Party leader Shimon Peres as Israel's prime minister-designate and gave him the difficult task of trying to form a new government. Israel television broadcast live coverage of Herzog giving a letter of nomination to the 66-year-old Peres, who headed Israel's government in 1984-86. Israeli law left Herzog with the authority to choose a candidate for prime minister.
March 29, 2000 |
Wrapping up a seven-month fraud investigation, Israeli police recommended Tuesday that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, be indicted on criminal charges. The case has become emblematic of a raft of shocking corruption inquiries involving the top echelons of Israeli government and business, including the president, the ruling party and the publisher of a leading newspaper.
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November 3, 2001 |
Rabbi Eliezer Shach, a political kingmaker who declared a cultural war on Israel's majority secular Jews, died early Friday in a Tel Aviv hospital, doctors and family members said. He was 107. The spiritual leader of a powerful branch of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews, Shach parlayed the votes of his followers into political power far beyond their numbers.