Ovadia Yosef calls Lapid 'contemptible,' 'yeshiva hater'

February 9, 2013 23:55

Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef on Saturday evening criticized Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid as "contemptible" and a "yeshiva hater."

Yosef's comments come amid coalition negotiations in which Lapid's insistence on increasing the haredi army draft is at odds with Shas's position. 

Lapid is not Shas's first political opponent that Yosef has lambasted during his weekly Saturday evening sermon. During the election campaign, Yosef lashed out at the Bayit Yehudi party, calling it a "house for goyim" that religious Jews should not vote for.

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