Chacham Ovadiah: Yishai’s Critics Jealous


eli-yishaiShas Chairman Eli Yishai said last week that the harsh criticism thrown in his direction following the Carmel fire disaster was due to his Sephardic origins. On Motzoei Shabbos, Chacham Ovadia Yosef came out in his support, criticizing Yishai’s critics and claiming that they were operating out of foreign and irrelevant considerations.

At the end of his weekly drasha, Rav Yosef prayed that the Ribono Shel Olam would keep and protect the interior minister from “jealous libelous people who speak evilly against him.”

 Rav Yosef hinted at the public criticism of Yishai over his ministry’s responsibility for the failures and neglect of the Carmel fires, which were publicized in the Comptroller’s report which stated that “the failures of extinguishing the fires lay at Yishai’s door.”

 Rav Yosef called Yishai “a loyal public emissary” and noted that the minister “was doing everything in his power to glorify the Torah.” He bentched him with a bracha Moshe Rabbeinu gave to Klal Yisroel: “May your enemies thin out before you, and may you tread on our stage.”

At the end of the drasha, Maran Rav Ovadiah sent a bracha of “recovery of the guf and the nefesh” to those wounded in the Carmel fires.

{Ynet/Yair Israel}