" insisted that the establishment of the state was not a religious miracle;" This is not really true, although Rav Ovadia is not in the camp of the Religious Zionists, he still holds religious significance even going so far as to call it a 'miracle' to the State of Israel. See his book published by Mosad Harav Kook entitled 'Masa Ovadia' page 381 on the topic of hallel on yom haatzmaut.
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