Outrage at incitement by rabbi
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad yesterday joined the widespread outrage at Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the ultra-orthodox Israeli party Shas, who at the weekend denounced the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and others, suggesting they should "perish".
Although some Shas Knesset members claimed that the rabbi had been "misunderstood" and supported "peace" there was no official response.
The Prime Minister's office said later that the rabbi's words did not reflect "the position of the government of Israel".
Mr Fayyad, said yesterday: "It does not bode well and we deplore it. Statements like that are partly to blame for actions by extremists, like attacks on our citizens by settlers." (© Independent News Service)