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

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.