He died earlier in the day.
Police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said:
"We estimate there are more than 700,000 people taking part in the largest of funerals ever in Israel."
Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said:
"Among the greatest rabbis of our generation, Rabbi Ovadia was a giant in Torah and Jewish law and a teacher for tens of thousands. The Jewish People have lost one of the wisest men of this generation."
In August 2000, Yosef ordered his party to quit Ehud Barak’s coalition as the Prime Minister was about to leave for the Camp David peace summit.
He said this at the time:
“What kind of peace is this? Will you put them beside us? You are bringing snakes beside us... Will we make peace with a snake?”On 18 October 2010, The Jerusalem Post quoted Israel's top Rabbi thus:
"GOYIM WERE BORN ONLY TO SERVE US. Without that, they HAVE NO PLACE IN THE WORLD – ONLY TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL…
With gentiles, it will be like any person, they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity...And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, what they REALLY think of us, straight from the horse's a*se. I wonder what the PC Crowd would have to say about the saintly, Jewish sage when you confront them with this? For that matter, I wonder what you'll be saying when you check out THE TALMUD, where Rabbis like him get their inspiration from?
HE GETS A LONG LIFE, TO WORK WELL FOR THIS JEW… Why are gentiles needed? THEY WILL WORK, THEY WILL PLOW, THEY WILL REAP. WE WILL SIT LIKE AN EFFENDI AND EAT. THAT IS WHY GENTILES WERE CREATED."
And, as you can see from his funeral, Ovadia was no peripheral oddball. He was a VERY big deal in Israel where his opinions and pronouncements were heeded and deferred to by the political and cultural establishment every bit as much as the religious. The fact that what he said was routinely published in The Jerusalem Post bears witness to that.
And, as regards the Orthodox Jew here, in the rest of Europe, the USA and further afield, the old boy's doings, saying and thinkings would have been considered to be as close to gospel as the Pope's are with the majority of Catholics.
And yet, our traitorous politicians have insisted we defer to and remain forever uncritical of such Gentile-despising folk since before most of us were born.
Check out the demonstrations of grief in the photo above. Not much dignified restraint on show, is there? Would you say contempt for such primitive self- indulgence was anti-Semitic?
Rabbi Ovadia prays for Iran's destruction.