PM distances himself from Rabbi Yosef's 'plague' comments

August 29, 2010 19:22

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday distanced himself from inflammatory comments made by Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef over the weekend in which he wished a plague on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people.

A statement released by the Prime Minister's Office said that Yosef's comments "don't represent the views of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu or the Israeli government. Israel entered into  negotiations out of a desire to progress with the Palestinians toward an agreement that will end the conflict and ensure peace, security  and good neighborly relations between the two nations.

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