Prime Minister Binyamin expressed his "grief" at the passing Monday of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, calling him one of the "great halachic authorities of our generation."
Rav Ovadia was a giant in Torah and halacha and a spiritual leader for tens of thousands," Netanyahu said. "He worked hard to glorify the heritage of Israel. At the same time his halachic decisions took into consideration the reality of renewed life in the State of Israel. He was imbued with a love of Torah and his people. I appreciated his warm personality and his direct manner."
Netanyahu said that he always learned something from his meetings with Yosef.
"The Jewish people lost one of the sages of the generation," Netanyahu said, sending condolences to his family, students and many followers.