Sorrow over the construction freeze in the West Bank and in particular east Jerusalem caused Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to wish death on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his nation, former minister and Shas leader Aryeh Deri explained Sunday.
"The rabbi is very sensitive," Deri said while interviewed for Kol Hai Radio to mark Ovadia's 90th birthday when questioned about the controversial words of Shas' spiritual leader. "When something hurts him, when something screams out to him, he gets it out, and thus calms the form of his pain – he talks about whoever it may be in a harsh way, to show his pain."
"For instance, the example of Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) now," Deri said. "I know where it comes from. This thing… this terrible pain from the freeze… that in Jerusalem they aren't building a single home, and he sees all the distress of yeshiva students and the public who have no place to live.[Do they lie to themselves or do they think people are dumb and will buy this shit ??] This distress reaches him and hurts him, and because of this pain he said what he said."