Rabbi Ovadia Yosef 311.
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Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who recently called Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas “a snake,” could soon end up meeting with
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The potential sit-down is the initiative of Yosef’s attorney and
confidant, David Glass, who was part of a delegation of more than 60 left-wing
activists who met with Abbas over lunch on Sunday at the Mukata compound in
Glass spoke to Palestinian officials Yasser Abbed-Rabbo and
Saeb Erekat after the lunch about organizing a meeting. He suggested that as
direct talks were not taking place between Israeli and Palestinian leaders at
the political level, it might be a good time for religious leaders to get
“There might be those who are close to the rabbi who would
oppose such a meeting, but he usually takes my advice,” Glass said.
Shas spokesman responded that the rabbi had issued a formal ruling that “there
currently is no Palestinian partner for peace,” but he said that “Yosef could
change his mind if Abbas took key steps, and then there could be room for
interfaith dialogue between the rabbi and Abbas.”
Meanwhile, Kadima MK
Shlomo Molla, who also participated in the lunch, proposed to party head Tzipi
Livni that the entire Kadima Knesset faction meet with Abbas.
Molla she would have no problem with Kadima MKs meeting with Abbas, but that she
personally did not want to because she did not want to be seen as undermining
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on diplomatic issues.