The US State Department on Sunday condemned Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's comments calling for the death of Palestinians, in a statement which said that the words are "not only deeply offensive, but incitement such as this hurts the cause of peace."
"We regret and condemn the inflammatory statements by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef," State Department spoksman P.J. Crowley said. "We note the Israeli statement that the Rabbi's comments do not reflect the views of the Prime Minister."
"As we move forward to relaunch peace negotiations, it is important that actions by people on all sides help to advance our effort, not hinder it," said Crowley.