A former chief rabbi of Israel, he brought religion into politics, influencing the Shas party, who participated in coalition governments for 30 years. Open to the Palestinians, he cursed Sharon and Ahmadinejad, criticising Pope Benedict XVI for “idolatry”.
ISRAEL - More than 700,000 people attend the funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Shas' spiritual father [AN]
Seeing as almost 10% of the population attended his funeral, it’s no surprise he was influential to both religious and secular Jews over there. He gave Sephardim (Middle Eastern/North African Jews) a voice.
Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
May God have mercy on him and his false views