"Cursed be its inhabitants for not having come to God's aid. Cursed be those who do not uphold and obey the words of this law. I hereby issue a religious ruling that everyone must vote for Shas."
Remember Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, former chief rabbi of Israel, and spiritual leader of the ultra-Orthodox Sephardic Jewish party Shas? Ovadia Yosef is not only a King Josiah-like fanatical Jewish Taleban but also a terrible racist.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans he pronounced that as God’s punishment of America for allowing Ariel Sharon to pull out from Gaza. He also sneeringly called the African Americans as Kushim, an ancient Hebraic word for a race south of Egypt but a derogatory term in modern Hebrew, meaning something akin to nigger.
The above (highlighted) curse was uttered by him on eve of the Israeli election, and may YVWH strike those who don’t vote for his party Shas, so said the raving saliva-dripping rabbi. He had also cursed Ariel Sharon for the Gaza withdrawal, a retreat from holy Jewish soil, saying Sharon would ‘sleep and not wake up’. His followers believe that his curse worked when Sharon had a stroke that left him in a coma since January.
He has promised heaven to those who vote for him and hell to anyone who supports the acting Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert of the Kadima Party. Hmmm, does he remind us of someone in Malaysia?
Many secular Israelis think ultra-Orthodox Jews such as those belonging to the Shas Party are taking advantage of Israel’s law allowing religiously inclined Jews to skip military service and live on welfare while ostensibly studying religion. Maybe it’s YWVH’s will? Maybe they are bludgers?
The Israeli newspaper Maariv has reported that Ehud Olmert's party, Kadima, is worried about astrologers, future-tellers and various mystics interviewed by the media in the past few days all predicting a huge last-minute upset for Kadima. Would they, like King Saul, visit the Witch of Endor to find out the results?